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“Not as tightly woven as Shields' first novel. The partnership of Grey and Lean has undergone some trauma and Grey wants to conduct his investigation separately. So there's less interplay of the two. The second half of the novel is much faster paced as the story comes together. In addition, Helen Prescott is barely present and she had added another good perspective in the first novel.”Kirsty C wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Prissy and slow.”jeannemarie1 wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Author: Kieran Shields
Published by: Crown Publishers
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"A Study in Revenge" by Kieran Shields was a good mystery, historical,thriller series. I have not read the first book 'The Truth of all Things' and maybe that was why I didn't understand some parts of this novel but what I could understand ....I did like. I had a feeling I was still missing something that had gone on in the first novel...but again it was a very intriguing historical read...Sort of like the 'Sherlock Holmes' novels. This story setting was from Portland, Maine in the year of 1893. In this novel we have a 'Victorian' private investiagator and police consultant... Perceval Grey and we have Archie Lean who is a dedicated 'Deputy of Police'...dedicated to the State and its people. Grey and Lean come together trying to unravel a mystery and that is:
"The body of a local thief is discovered under unusual circumstances, with evidence of the occult (or at least somebody trying to stage it to look that way). The problem is, the thief in question was killed days earlier and was already buried, meaning that whoever staged the scene also robbed his grave."
Be ready for a lots of twist and turns...keep up or you could get lost...also be ready for "Viking runes, explosions, the occult, mysterious tunnels, robberies, shootings, burnings, and grave robbing, just to name some." It will be a long read but if you continue to will find out what the 'Revenge" was in the story! I will stop there to say you must pick up " Study in Revenge" to see what all the author had instore for the reader. The characters all well developed and the author did some job working all this in with some some religion and along with the murders that will tie in three different mysteries.
If you are in for a historical thriller mystery "A Study in Revenge" would be a good read that I would recommend for you”
“This is NOT a new book starring the characters established in Shields' first novel, but a continuation of that novel...part 2 of a larger work, so to speak. It ends ominously...looking forward to part 3?? ”cmccalli wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This review is in relation to the second book in the Archie Lean series. Whilst my review will not contain spoilers from the first book, I would recommend that you read the first book (The Truth of All Things) as it will provide much background to this book.
Perceval Grey is the American Sherlock Holmes. Unlike Holmes, however, he needs also work in the face of Society’s prejudice to the colour of his skin (being of Mixed Indian heritage). When he is intrigued, he will commit his all to be able to present the solution, up to the point of it being an obsession. His focus in his work is admirable and yet, he is Not Sherlock Holmes. The presentation of his solutions just isn’t as brilliant as Holmes.
Archie Lean is a dedicated Deputy of the Police. He is not only dedicated in his duty to the State but also to the people. He would pursue to the best of his abilities the mystery presented until such time that the culprit may be apprehended. I really like Archie, he’s an all-round nice guy type. He’s the ‘Watson’ sidekick to Grey and is mostly appreciated for his ‘brilliantly asinine’ comments.
To begin with, the plot / mystery in this book didn’t appear to have any relation whatsoever to the first book (nor is it necessary to know the full extent the mystery of the first book) however, it really wasn’t til the end and just now, that the title clicked into place –A Study in Revenge! The book opens with a gruesome scene of a corpse having been dug up, burnt to crisps, and surrounded with occult markings. It was followed by a missing ‘artefact’ heirloom, alchemical legends, folklore and tragic romance. There are no coincidences in mysteries, of course, all things are related and will, ultimately, reveal the secret within.
I have really enjoyed this historical mystery though you’d have to be patient as threads are being explored until they are woven to form an obvious tapestry in the last pages of the book. If you like Sherlock Holmes or Mistress of the Art of Death, you may enjoy this book / series.
Thank you Crown and Edelweiss for the privilege to read & review eARC”
“JANUARY 8, 2013 RELEASE”samantha r wrote this review Wednesday, November 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two men each a detective, one a Deputy Marshal Archie Lean and the other a private detective Perceval Grey working together to solve many different crimes entangled with one large mystery. The storyline is well developed,you do have some religion , some Greek alphabet, some murder, and research. Characters were wonderfully developed , they were each special in their own right.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a Victorian mystery.
Thanks to Net Galley and Crown Publishing.”