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The Ruby in the Smoke (1985)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: The Sally Lockhart Quartet (1)

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In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.
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    Caramellunacy: Both stories are Victorian-era mysteries with smart and feisty female protagonists. Pullman's trilogy is definitely the darker of the two series, but Lee's complex and capable protagonist makes The Agency series well worth a read for cozy mystery lovers.… (more)
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    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Excellent Victorian era historical fiction mysteries with strong female protagonists
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    HatsForMice: Another Victorian London-set mystery, but with a fantasy element, more humour and a stronger sense of setting.

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Love the smoke, keep the ruby. ( )
  rosscharles | May 19, 2021 |
A fun novel to read, but I never really got much idea of her character, and mixed up her two young men. Fun side characters and good settings, but the plot never really captured me. ( )
  lisahistory | Feb 17, 2021 |
Far less scandalous that his other books, still it has an unusual heroine, Sally Lockheart. After the death of her father, Sally finds herself alone in the world, without friends, family or any of the traditional skills that women without the above need to make it in the world. What she does have is courage, a mind for business, and a determination to find out just who killed her father and why. Say what you will about Pullman's belifes, the man writes strong and smart female characters. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
Very much enjoyed the setting of this book, and went on to read the other books because of it. Easy reading, and recommended. ( )
  CliveUK | Sep 20, 2020 |
First reread since adolescence. It’s no His Dark Materials, but it holds up. ( )
  AshLaz | Jan 24, 2020 |
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Philip Pullmanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Benson, LindaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesser, AntonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mak, KamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stutzman, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
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In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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Soon after Sally Lockhart's father drowns at sea, she receives a strange anonymous letter. The dire warning it contains makes a man die of fear at her feet. Determined to discover the truth about her father's death, Sally is plunged into a terrifying mystery in the dark heart of Victorian London, at the centre of which lie a deadly blood-soaked jewel.
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