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The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman
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The Shadow in the North (original 1986; edition 2009)

by Philip Pullman

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Title:The Shadow in the North
Authors:Philip Pullman
Info:London : Scholastic Children's, 2009.
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The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman (1986)

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    themulhern: A Victorian novel with an Indian treasure at its center and lots of London as well as some social commentary.
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I love Philip Pullman. I've yet to read a book I didn't love by him. If you haven't read His Dark Materials series then I suggest you stop whatever it is you are doing, head to a library/bookstore/etc and read it. And then pick up the Sally Lockhart mystery series for some well written, fast paced, Victorian-era mysteries!

Shadow In the North picks up several years after Ruby in the Smoke. Sally is now 22, and is running her own financial consulting business (an impressive feat given the Victorian England setting). Plot wise there is a lot going on an evil plot involving a whole assortment of characters involving a false medium, runaway magician and an evil business man who plans to build a horrible machine of destruction.

One thing I love about these books is how Pullman shows us both sides of the mystery, and manages not to loose interest when he switches POVs. He manages to capture these intricate people who all feel so tangible, like you could meet them around the corner from your house or pumping gas or something just so ordinary and everyday. He's also a master of describing absolutely boring tasks. At one point he details Sally's routine and honestly it wasn't boring. Pullman is a master at descriptions.

That ending. Oh god I don't know if I can read the next book after what happened! (But I love Pullman so I probably will, and just sob throughout it). I just don't see the ultimate goal in Fred's death. ( )
  artemisreads | Jun 7, 2016 |
Definitely ended too quickly after everything, but kept me entertained and guessing just as the first in the series did. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
This is the 2nd of Pullman's books about Sally Lockhart, Financial Analyst, feisty Victorian spitfire, and proto-feminist.
A client arrives at Sally's door. She's followed Sally's financial advice, but the company has gone bust, causing her to lose all her money. She's not angry at Sally - but she suspects fraud, and asks Sally to investigate.
Meanwhile, Sally's sort-of boyfriend, a photographer, has been asked to investigate a spiritualist who may have been divulging classified business secrets in her trances...
And Sally's best friend Jim finds himself rescuing a stage magician, who also claims to have psychic powers, from a couple of thugs at a performance...
Strangely, all these events seem to be interconnected... and seem to be pitting Sally, who's not one to back down from a challenge, against one of the wealthiest, most powerful - and most dangerous - men in Europe.
Fun mystery for everyone. A can't-miss for socialists. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
The Smoke in the North
Sally Lockhart mystery, Book #2
By Philip Pullman; narrated by Anton Lesser

Sally is six years older than she was in The Ruby in the Smoke and now a twenty-two year old financial consultant in London. One of her clients, however, as been wiped out of her life's savings by taking Sally's advice in investing in a shipping interest, and Sally is determined to find out what happened to make a previously going concern fold. Her inquiries soon lead to a much larger scenario involving murder, romantic intrigue, and corporate conspiracies. Set against a backdrop of spiritualism and "the woman question" (The Married Women's Property Act, the marriage market, women in the work force...,) The Shadow in the North is rather brutal emotionally and doesn't shy away from the vicissitudes of the Victorian Age. Pullman doesn't pull any punches and shows the reader/listener a time and place of ruthless ambitions, greed, and violence visited upon those who have little or no defense against such social and moral inequities. Philip Pullman builds a world with seeming veracity and Anton Lesser brings it to life with superb characterizations and a classic British accent.

n.b. - Extreme violence directed against men, women, and a dog; Limited violence against a child. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Jul 17, 2014 |
I picked this up after the rather dissapointing Masterpiece Theatre production and it wasn't much of an improvement. It's fine in the penny thriller category but it seems to bear no resemblance to Victorian times and the prowess of Sally at just about everything strains credulity. The scene at the end that seems to throw people into a tizzy is pretty mild and there is alot of senseless gore, blood, and death that seems far more tizzy making. From the sputterings of various Amazon reviews, I was expecting a 20 page graphic sex scene and it was pretty inocuous. Those people should read a Harlequein every now and then. It's not serious novel but ends up taking itself way too seriously.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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One sunny morning in the spring of 1878, the steamship Ingrid Linde, the pride of the Anglo-Baltic shipping line, vanished in the Baltic Sea.
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Six years after solving the mysteries surrounding the death of her father (in The Ruby in the Smoke), Sally Lockhart has set up her own consulting business. But her photographer friend, Fred Garland, has a habit of drawing her into his private detective work owing to her skill in both finances and firearms. When one of Sally's clients loses a large sum of money invested in a shipping firm and Fred encounters a conjurer on the lam from underworld thugs, the two begin to find links in these apparently disparate cases.

Exquisitely written and packed with a wonderfully diverse, often terrifying cast of characters and dark twists and turns of plot, the second installment of the Sally Lockhart trilogy--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery--is entirely impossible to put down. Make sure book 3, The Tiger in the Well, is close at hand as you near the end of this one. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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In 1878 in London, Sally, now twenty-two and established in her own business, and her companions Frederick and Jim try to solve the mystery surrounding the unexpected collapse of a shipping firm and its ties to a sinister corporation called North Star.… (more)

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