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Summary

125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice was once London's premier personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye.

Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation, one that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett....

©2014 M. R. C. Kasasian (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

Praise for the author:

"One of the most delightful and original novels of the year." (Daily Mail)

"Funny, fresh and sharply plotted...starring a detective duo to rival Holmes and Watson." ( Goodreads)

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  • Kaggy
  • United Kingdom
  • 21-09-15

A selection of ghastly endings and sly sniggers

I am not normally a lover of 'the second book' but I wanted to give this a chance as there were so many loose ends left after the first novel. This story maintains the humour of the first book and plays out a very gruesome but satisfying murder mystery. There are some laugh out very loud moments ( particularly in relation to Sidney's outrageous mother) and some truly horrific touches which make this an overall thoroughly entertaining listen. The loose ends are developed and at the end I retained my commitment to carry on with this excellent series. Emma Gregory is a talented reader who conveys the humour and over the top atmosphere to perfection. This is a book that is not be be taken seriously and this makes it all the more enjoyable.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Unusual combination of gruesome and funny

Another great story from this remarkably talented author. The plot twists and turns but always keeps you hooked with its marvellous blend of humour and gruesome murder. I dare not say more for fear of giving something away. As before it is read with perfect style by Emma Gregory. If you enjoyed George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman this is a must have.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Delightful murders

The Curse of the House of Foskett was, to me, even more delightful than the first one.
This is a charming, intriguing, and yet morbid detective story. One of the best I have ever read.
I care for the characters, especially the most unlovable one, Mr G.
I can't wait for the next, and hope Kasasian will never stop writing them!!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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loved this story and so well performed,well done.

I really hope there is a second book as really enjoyed listening to it! x

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more intrigue

some more clarity following the first novel. mystery suspense and psychological framas galore. enjoy. good read. well written

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Love this series

Again an excellent listen, though I appreciate may not be for the more high brow amongst audible listeners, I find this and the first in the series very entertaining.

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  • Di
  • 07-06-17

Great characters, perfect narration

So pleased there was a second book, I will be downloading the third book straight away. Lots of twists and turns and just when you think it's all over.....there's another one!

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  • KT
  • 09-01-15

Excellent listen

Well written and beautifully read mystery. I am now awaiting the next book in the series! I can highly recommend it.

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Great mystery

Would you listen to The Curse of the House of Foskett again? Why?

Some parts were a bit dull and laborious but once you get into the book it was interesting.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at the antics of Sidney Grice...a pompous old man who calls himself the personal detective with a glass eye.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one....there had be a next one....you cant have an ending like that and not a book to follow.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good Characters Weak Plot

What disappointed you about The Curse of the House of Foskett?

I bought this based on 50 very positive reviews and was disappointed. The 2 central characters were well written but some of the dialogue was weak with humour that didnt quite work. Worst of all I did not get the clever plot I was expecting but a plodding and unlikely storyline. Its a cross between Great expectations and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes but not as good as either

What will your next listen be?

not somthing based on customer reviews

What didn’t you like about Emma Gregory’s performance?

Meah

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment and mild confusion

Any additional comments?

I didnt read the first book and I am not planning to

15 of 18 people found this review helpful