Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death

Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death The body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee celebrations Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone the ca

  • Title: Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death
  • Author: Sally Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781530723621
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • The body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee celebrations Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman And if this man does belong to noble stoThe body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee celebrations Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman And if this man does belong to noble stock, why has no one come forward to claim the body As his investigation proceeds, Blackstone finds himself entering the world of the aristocracy in which the presence of an ordinary policeman is far from welcome and tramping the dangerous streets of London s Little Russia where English law and order are not welcome Death seems to stalk him, and as each new clue leads to nothing than a new murder, Blackstone comes to realize that he is caught up in what may turn out to be the most horrendous crime of the century Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death is an expertly plotted Victorian mystery that will keep readers guessing to the last page.

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    1. I've read several contemporary Sally Spencer novels so when I discovered there was a series of novels set in the late Victorian era I simply had to try one. Historical mysteries are always interesting to me because they are a way to understand the time in which they are set and to see how people coped with the resources they had at hand. I'm glad to say this first book in the series provided me with the good reading experience I was hoping, I would almost say expecting, to have from a novel writ [...]

    2. Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death was well-plotted and kept me guessing until the end. Usually I see the twist coming early, but here it took me by surprise, which was a delight. There was a good sense of period without lengthy exposition, and the characters were memorable and likeable.I was flummoxed by the number of typographical errors in the book, however, considering it comes from a major publishing house. An odd one can often slip through, but here the number of errors was large and [...]

    3. 'Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death' is set in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee: 1897. It's a crime thriller which travels from the East End to the homes of the aristocracy as Inspector Blackstone struggles to solve the mystery of an aristocrat’s son who was found murdered on an insalubrious stretch of the River Thames. Issues of class and poverty feature prominently in the story, so, having just written 'Back Home', a story of crime and violence in the London slums of 1859 w [...]

    4. Before I started reading, I knew that "Sally Spencer" was a pen name, but I didn't know who the actual author was. A couple of chapters in, I felt compelled to go find out, because I thought it was highly unlikely that the book had been written by a woman. And it wasn't. That mystery cleared up, the book was fine, and not too far from an Anne Perry. (I think recommended it because of my interest in Caleb Carr and Laurie R. King, and I would say that's stretching it.)I'm willing to read more in [...]

    5. I enjoyed the plot and characters of this historical mystery, but unfortunately it was marred by the modern language employed. The author did not seem to grasp that Victorians did not speak in the idiom we use naturally today, and for me that jarred and almost put me off. A shame, as I would enjoy reading more of Blackstone's adventures.

    6. I received this book as a giveaway and am now providing the requested review. I started the book numerous times but could not become absorbed in the story. I love historical mysteries, especially Victorian English ones (Anne Perry) but I was so distracted by the abundance of adverbs, extra adjectives, misspellings and gratuitous exclamation marks that I found this to be a difficult book to read. It needed an editor. The characters could have been more fully developed and the plot was good. I ho [...]

    7. This was a very light, easy read, straightforward language, good action and suspense. The characters were a bit caricature-like, however, and I thought that the woman the Inspector got to know was a bit too modern for a Victorian novel. The plot was OK but a bit farcical toward the end. Also, I felt that the motivation for the murder and the aim of the murderer were a bit silly/not credible. A couple of good, unexpected twists and turns added interest, never dreamt who the villains were. Paid le [...]

    8. "A Rendezvous with Death" is a new Victorian series by the author of the Chief Inspector Woodend books, Sally Spencer. This is the first in her Inspector Sam Blackstone series, and if you like period pieces - especially Victorian, this mystery series is worth a try. Our protagonist is an interesting character himself: Inspector Sam Blackstone of Scotland Yard.As "A Rendezvous with Death" opens, the proverbial English fog clears and a brutally murdered corpse turns up, caught in the ropes of a ba [...]

    9. WOW! Great characters and very interesting history. I will definitely read more about Inspector Sam Blackstone.It is the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee bringing excitement to the whole city of London.On the downside, crime still happens and Inspector Sam Blackstone is assigned to one of the most baffling murders in his career.A young man with a cut throat is fished out of the river. At first it seems like it was just a man in the wrong place at the wrong time but as the investigation b [...]

    10. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. Many thanks!4 solid stars for the start of a series that shows great promise. If you're a fan of the BBC's "Ripper Street" or "Copper" (never mind its American location), you will love this book. A member of an aristocratic family turns up dead in the guise of a beggar. Later, he is found to have had muckraker sensibilities that stretches into London's various immigrant populations, namely the Russians. Add to that Queen Victoria's Diamond [...]

    11. An intriguing historical detective storyWhen Charles Montcliffe is pulled from the Thames, Inspector Sam Blackstone is on the case. Charles had been posing as a reporter and had learned too much for his own good.Blackstone has hardly a clue to help him in his investigation. Meanwhile more murder victims show up. If only he had some idea of what Charles had been working on, but it seems anyone who could offer any help turns up dead.If I had proofread this book, I would have corrected 18 errors.

    12. Thank you and Sally Spencer for providing this book for review.From the atmospheric prologue to the final chase, Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death will hold your attention and keep you turning the pages.Orphaned at a young age, Blackstone joined the military and served in Afghanistan before joining Scotland Yard as a detective. At the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee he is put on the case of an Earl's son whose body was found floating in the Thames. Already at a disadvantage, hav [...]

    13. It's 1897, just weeks prior to the celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. But Charles Smith is running for his life. To no avail. It is now Inspector Sam Blackstone's job to determine who he was, and why was an aristocrat working as a reporter.A very enjoyable story, with good rounded characters so I am looking forward to the next in the series

    14. Fast FunIf you're looking for an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, and you happen to be a fan of Victorian detective stories, this book is for you. It has all the elements of the genre: a conflicted Scotland Yard detective, his loyal sidekick, a mysterious foreign woman who aids the detective while he falls in love with her, intricate plot twists, and countless aristocrats tangled in murder and mayhem. The pace is fast, the characters interesting, the detective sympathetic . What more co [...]

    15. This book was set in Queen Victoria England. Blackstone is a New Scotland Yard inspector. He is looking to find the murderer of an Earl's son Charles. The book is a great mystery, with a whole bunch of twists and turns and some great characters. The author takes time to contrast the landed gentry with the struggling works in England at that time and does a great job of giving them all life. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to someone who wants a quick read that is not quite a co [...]

    16. Sam Blackstone isn’t comfortable with the upper classes but is forced to interact with an upper class family when a well-dressed body is recovered from the Thames on his patch. The interplay of classes overlaps with the interplay of cultures in this story to present a multi-layered view onto London life in the reign of Queen Victoria. I found this easy to read and menacing in parts. The evocation of Victorian London and Little Russia was very well done.

    17. Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer is an e-galley of a book given to me by Endeavour Press to review for their Historical Fiction Month of April 2016.If the timeline for Blackstone sped up about 60 years into the future, the Queen's English traded for Yankee English, and a few Hark's, Drat's, and Dastardly's were added in for good measure, this third-person detective proceedural could pass for a NBC radio drama.

    18. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The pace was steady but quick, very hard to put down. I definitely didn't see this particular ending coming. I would highly recommend this book to any lover of Victorian Mysteries.

    19. Outstanding!!I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one day. It has so many twists and turns you will be constantly surprised. The complex characters are drawn by a true artist and you will be searching for the next book.

    20. London 1897. Some of the "great game" between Russia and England combines with straightforward detective work by Blackstone of Scotland Yard.

    21. Good read but it didn't blow me away, but it's the first in a series so there is always hope that things get better as the characters develop.

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