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Summary

London, 1883: All is quiet at 125 Gower Street. So, when a young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost personal detective, Sidney Grice, to solve her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee.

Mr Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered, with no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the link to the unsolved murders of Nathan's uncle, aunt and servants in the very same house....

©2016 M.R.C. Kasasian (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Kasasian’s debut is an unflinching look at the darker side of Victorian London and a portrait of a heroine strong enough to stand up to a thoroughly disagreeable detective." ( Kirkus Reviews on The Mangle Street Murders)
"One of the most delightful and original new novels...that could well become a cult." ( The Daily Mail, on The Mangle Street Murder)

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loved it

I loved this book. great characters and story. the reader is also excellent. can't wait to read the next one.

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They just keep getting better

I wish I had of found the series, when it had been completely concluded, because the minute I finish reading the latest one, I am desperate to read the next! As they just keep getting better! And alas the author can not write quickly enough for me lol....Also Molly is so utterly brilliant, she almost deserves her own book!

Such a rare treat for an author, a story and a narrator to all find such a perfect match! Cannot recommend this series enough. :-)

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Back to being at its best

After faltering on the third book of the series, I started to listen to this book with some trepidation but the author was back to what I like about these books!

A female central character with a love for sarcasm, a random partner whom you shouldn't cared about but you do, a plot that has enough twists to keep you guessing and the added bonus of having the ability to poke fun at the wonderful Sherlock stories!

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Love this series and it keeps getting better.

Hope the author keeps writing more novels in this series.
I love murder mystery, and this book is great, it's well written and well read. The characters really come to life and there is some real humour alongside the murder.

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Compelling, if gory in places.

There is so much to enjoy in these stories, that I keep reading them in spite of the rather gut wrenching murders. The narrator is particularly good. Neither March nor Sidney Grice are wholly sympathetic, & the Victorian world they inhabit is a long way from cosy. Yet they are vivid, often humorous, and keep you wanting to know more. Dickens meets Downton meets The Mary Russell stories of Laurie R. King.

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Another brilliant story

I love these stories and the narration is perfect. A funny, intriguing and detailed tale.

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excellent as alawys

What made the experience of listening to The Secrets Of Gaslight Lane the most enjoyable?

Sidney Grice is a pompous twit with a fiendishly cleaver mind and no social skills. How I enjoy his investigations alongside his god daughter Miss March Middleton who gives the books its human touch. The murders this time round are particularly nasty and we get a glimpse of the mind of the, as Criminal Minds would say ''The unsub''.

What did you like best about this story?

the sparring partnership between Grice and Middleton is great to listen too

Which character – as performed by Emma Gregory – was your favourite?

all of them however my favourite has to be Molly

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gower Street, Gruesome, Grim but Great

Any additional comments?

listen to this series, its worth staring at the beginning

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Excellent!

I've been a huge fan of this series and have not been let down! Narration was very good, just as previous books. Excellent story - I was hooked from start to finish!

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Another fabulous read from M. R. C. Kasasian

A truly inspiring narrative and an intelligent read that would keep Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on his toes! Read perfectly by Emma Gregory who brings each character to life with her multifaceted voice skills.
I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next instalment of The Gower Street Detective, as I am totally and utterly hooked!

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Excellent

Another wonderful tale from this truly talented author perfectly read. Keeps you guessing right to the end.

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  • Meep
  • 29-08-16

A warning for animal lovers

The reader is excellent. The characters are interesting, unique, and well drawn. The mystery was shaping up well. The approach seems to be an unusual combination of humor with deadly seriousness. Most people would probably enjoy this book quite a bit.
For me, however, it did not work. I am fully aware of the abuses that animals suffered not only in the Victorian era but every single minute of every single day in the modern world at the hands of humans who should and could know and do better. I have spent a good deal of time working with and for animal rescue and it is never far from my mind. Therefor, any book that provides graphic descriptions of cruelty to animals does not work for me. I read to escape from the real world, not to have my nose rubbed further in it. Thus, when we come to the very painful final moments of a wretched cart horse, and the vile humans that surround it, I could not go on. I understand that the author was making a point about cruelty both in the past and currently, and I appreciate that but it is just something I can not tolerate in a book that I purchased for entertainment.
I know most people don't feel as I do, however, I also know there are some people who do, and my review is for them. If you also find cruelty to animals intolerable in what is purported to be light entertainment, you should avoid this book.

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  • John S.
  • 10-02-17

Do NOT start the series here!

As a fan of this series, I came away disappointed.

The producers have standardized the narration so that the U. K. edition, read by Emma Gregory, is now sold in the States as well; I was a big fan of Lindy Nettleton's narration and miss her, though EG does a good job.

The character of Sidney Grice has always been pompous, but here he's beyond insufferable to the point that it was tough to see how March sticks it out with him. The author seriously needs to throttle back on some of that, especially the numbers bit: "I can give you fourteen reasons . . . ." Molly the maid did make a few more appearances than absolutely necessary, but Grice's silliness was more annoying than hers, which is more in character.

As others have noted, the storyline was just too convoluted in connecting murders in the same house a decade apart, with occasional thoughts from the murderer's point-of-view. By the end I was exhausted, didn't feel I "got" everything, and really didn't care.

I'm still a fan of the series, looking forward to another installment, but as there isn't much information provided that appears to advance the overall storyline, this book is one I might be advising folks to skip.

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  • leefis
  • 30-09-17

I love the Series, but not the voice.

The narrator’s voice for this audiobook was not at all what I had in mind. A bit too old and slightly too formal sounding for the character (... sorry, no offense) to the point that it took away from the story. I have really enjoyed the entire series, but recommend the eBooks instead.

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  • JOHN
  • 11-09-16

NEEDS MALE NARRATOR

FEMLE NARRTION, MAY HAVE RUINED A GOOD DETECTIVE STORY. MEN SAVE YOUR $$$$ WOMEN MAY LIKE IT THOUGH.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful