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Summary

London, 1884. Sidney Grice is restless, having filed his latest case under S, for 'still to be solved', to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth.

Geraldine Hockaday was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose. But then a chance encounter brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.

©2017 M. R. C. Kasasian (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

Praise for the author: "What is so refreshing about the Gower Street series is that they are never quite what you expect - these unusual originals stand out in what is a heavily populated genre." ( Crime Review)

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So much better than much of the genre

It's hard not to like all of the characters, but I love the mix of Sidney Grice, so much is dislikable by modern standards yet is true to his character, somehow therefore endearing & hilarious. March Middleton provides the perfect foil (& often relief!) to him. Molly is perfectly priceless, I'm considering buying the actual books just to see her language in print. The plots are complex, not the easiest to guess at, can take the right kinds of twists but also don't shy away from tragedy & poignancy. Looking forward to more & can most definitely recommend a listen. One of the best things, as with all Audible books, is the narrator - brilliant & sets the tone & each character wonderfully

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  • K
  • UK
  • 02-08-17

A trifle predictable.

I really love this series. I have enjoyed them all, including this one.

The characters are original, flawed but sympathetically wrought and I really like the quirky detail that Kasasian always adds to the narrative. I think this writer is quite special. He completely manages to make the experience of the reader incredibly satisfying without plauging those of us with a weary mind with deep philosophical questions. I think this path requires a great deal of skill and cleverness. Kasasian's clever but he conveys it subtly, unlike his main protagonist, the unintentionally hilarious Sidney Grice. His gin-soaked side-kick, the narrative voice, is also adorable.

The reader, Emma Gregory, does a fine job as she has throughout the series. So, why not five stars? As soon as the prodigal inspector returns offering a happy ending you know where it's going... I don't like to KNOW an ending, I want to suspect.

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Brilliant

I am enjoying this series so much, the characters are superb, forcing me to have many a chuckle. Mr Grice is softening just a little, but is still his haughty and acerbic self. Meanwhile March is developing some of his traits - they are a good match for each other and their skills in the detecting department are second to none.

I think there will be a long wait before book 6 :-(

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Business as usual

What made the experience of listening to Dark Dawn Over Steep House the most enjoyable?

Sidney Grice's character is a mix of laugh out loud funny and very sad.

What did you like best about this story?

March's looking back on her memories from 1944.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Grice upsetting everyone.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment with Pound.

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  • Freda
  • Warrington, United Kingdom
  • 27-06-17

Another good story from Gower Street

Emma Gregory does this book proud yet again her range of voices is great. Especially Molly the maid, she makes me laugh she's so funny. Mr Grace is still a grumpy old guy and so rude to everyone but he always seems to solve the crimes.He is March's guardian but I don't know how she puts up with him he is always putting her down. A good story, funny and clever.

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Another Masterpiece!

Once again we venture to the dark side of Victorian London in the company of Grice and March. We meet a variety of characters, have our wits and emotions stretched to the limit following a twisty plot with a great ending. Don't know how we will endure the wait for the next one.

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  • Amanda
  • Sunbury, United Kingdom
  • 25-07-17

Brilliant book

As always I loved the book but despaired at the tragedy March endured. So sad

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Superb

Another triumph for the author and also for the splendid narrator, Emma Gregory! Loved it!

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Tragically sad ending to a series I’ve thoroughly enjoyed

I have listened with relish to wonderful stories of the marvellous Sydney Grice, his goddaughter March and the remarkable detective George Pound and this is by far the darkest book of them all. Gruesome and sorrowful, I was left feeling empty at the end and wishing for the ending that I have no doubt so many of the readers have wanted as well. I certainly think there is now room to move the story through as March and possibly Sydney go on to trace ‘Jack’ and March have her vengeance but I had hoped it would be in a different way. Excellent storytelling, perfect narration, but a star off for the disappointing loss of characters I feel should have stayed on.

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Great story

i have listened to a few in this series with this being the best so far. a rich storyline, some gruesome moments. and no happy ending for MM

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  • leezeca
  • 25-07-17

Follows the thread of the series, but...

A little too explicit with the blood and gore (I literally gagged during one scene) and depressing as hell. The plot was engrossing and not easily surmised; however the excessive descriptions of violent death and maimings detracted from the story. I can give credit that my visceral response means it's written with great talent. That being said, I probably will not continue with this series...