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Corsiar, 6 September 2012. ISBN: 978-1-78033-169-0
Lynn Shepherd’s second
novel is a magnificent evocation of Dickensian London in 1850. She begins by
taking us through the dark, reeking streets of the slums of Tom-All-Alone, as
in the setting of Bleak House, to a cemetery of with her hero, Charles
Maddox.The story that is told with sparkling clarity parallels some of Bleak
House but also has other Victorian resonances. There is no need to have
read Bleak House in order to enjoy this book but, obviously, if you have
there is another dimension added to the enjoyment of the tale. The book has its
own mysteries to expose so it is not confined to the Dickens palette.
The hero, Charles Maddox, is an educated young man who
dabbles knowledgeably in science and is a private detective after an unjust
dismissal from the London
police. He has a case to investigate when he is contacted by lawyer Edward
Tulkinghorn with another query. Other characters tell their stories as Charles
works and deals with his own family problems. The horrors of Victorian life for
the young and poor are precisely outlined and the author is able to be more
honest than Dickens could have been in his own day. The story flows along as
the reader becomes caught up with the characters and appreciates the era in
which they lived. The denouement is shocking and highly effective. Lynn
Shepherd really uses the style of the Nineteenth century while taking a post
modernist view of that period.
Reviewer: Jennifer S.
The book is published as The Solitary House in the USA.
Lynn Shepherd studied
English at Oxford
in the 1980s, and then went back to do a doctorate in 2003.After spending 15 years in business, first in
the City, and later in PR went freelance in 2000 to see if she could fulfill
her dream to be a writer. Ten years and two and a half unpublished novels
later, it finally happened. Her first novel Murder at Mansfield Park, a
rewriting of Jane Austen's Mansfield
Park as a murder mystery,
has been well received.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has
been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the
Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.