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Montmorency On The Rocks: Doctor,…

Montmorency On The Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer?

by Eleanor Updale

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Sequel to "Montmorency: Thief Liar Gentleman?" Montmorency and his gentleman friends, Lord George Fox-Selwyn and Doctor Farcett, find themselves caught up in two mysteries: Who is responsible for the bombings at King's Cross train station and Waterloo? And what is causing the babies of Tarimond to die? The Tarimond mystery is much more involved and compelling while the bombing mystery seems wrapped up too neatly, the solution convenient. Still, the novel sets a great time and place, conveying the luxury of a gentleman's life, the isolation of Tarimond, and the atmospherics of mid-19th century Europe. Some rather adult topics as well: Montmorency's graphic drug withdrawal symptoms, sly but fairly innocuous references to prostitutes, and Vi's surprise pregnancy at the end of the book...by whom??? No young characters featured but enjoyable for dedicated young readers nonetheless!
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is the second book in the series and it did not disappoint. We meet up with Montmorency and co. 5 years after the previous book. Montmorency is still dealing with guilt over his criminal past and turns to drugs to deal with it. After his friends help him get clean, they must solve two mysteries. Who is killing all of the children on a small Scottish island and who is bombing train stations in London? One of the things I appreciate about this series is that the characters and situations are not all black and white, good and evil. Rarely is real life, so it is nice to see a YA book that reflects this. ( )
1 vote Kittybee | Feb 28, 2011 |
I really like the character of Montmorency. He is flawed and very likable--I guess mostly he is believable, which is always nice to find in books. In this book, he battles a drug addiction so that he can aid his friends (and country) to capture a bomber. Nothing is what it seems and the culprits are people you never suspect. Like most sequels, I felt that this second book wasn't as intriguing as the first Montmorency, but still a good teen read. ( )
  mmillet | Dec 14, 2009 |
Not as good as the first one. The drug angle is a bit contrived, the bomber is very contrived, and the whole island story doesn't fit with the rest. Each bit was OK - not wonderful, but OK - but the links & reasoning are very weak. And what a stupid place to stop! Who's the father? ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 26, 2008 |
Mysteries to solve.

Respectability makes

Montmorency dull. ( )
  librarianlk | Oct 30, 2007 |
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When Montmorency was published I was invited back to my old primary school to meet the children and talk about the book. The visit reminded me of my first teachers, whose enthusiasm started me off in the world of history and stories. But the most impressive thing was how, in the face of all the pressures of modern education, the school is still a place that prides itself on encouraging writing for pleasure.
And so Montmorency's second adventure is dedicated to all those young writers at Dog Kennel Hill School--and of course to Jim, Andrew, Catherine, and Flora, who live with Montmorency every day.
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Montmorency on the Rocks, the second volume of Eleanor Updale’s popular Victorian spy drama, finds our title hero in a much darker place than the London sewers where his alter ego Scarper used to dwell. It has been five years since Montmorency teamed up with gentleman spy George Fox-Selwyn. They enjoyed much success infiltrating the Ottoman underworld, until Montmorency acquired a treacherous taste for opium. Now addicted, he has come dangerously close to revealing his criminal past to Fox-Selwyn while under the influence. Meanwhile, the British government has called the duo home to discover the identity of a bomber who is targeting London’s landmarks. Frustrated Fox-Selwyn decides to bring Montmorency to the one person who knows the former thief better than anyone: Dr. Robert Farcett. But Farcett, who saved Montmorency before, has recently lost his nerve in the operating arena. However, in teaming up with the undercover agents, Dr. Farcett comes across a community that is losing youngsters at an appalling rate, and discovers something that just might give him reason to practice again. All of these threads come together in a brilliant climax that will leave exhilarated readers with a surprising question on the very last page.

Montmorency on the Rocks can stand on its own, but no teen reader should be denied the thrilling experience of getting to know the Victorian thief-turned-gentleman from the beginning. Adolescent Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes fans are sure to enjoy this intriguing "extreme makeover" of the traditional British mystery. (Ages 10-15) --Jennifer Hubert

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In Victorian London, when Montmorency and his alter ego, Scarper, reunite with Dr. Farcett, the two cooperate to capture a bomber and become involved in solving the mystery of the poisoning of a village of Scottish children.

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