Sunday, October 01, 2006

Montmorency and the Assassins

This is the third in the series by Eleanor Updale, and it has been 20 years since the main character crawled out of the sewers and left his criminal ego, Scarper, to become a gentleman. Many of the characters from the other books are also found in this installment, including Lord George Fox-Selwyn and Dr. Robert Farcett.

The adventure takes place at the end of the 19th century when there is an influenza sweeping the globe. Montmorency and Fox-Selwyn have been hired to trace some specimens stolen from a reclusive naturalist. This leads them to Florence and ultimately into the dangerous world of anarchist conspirators. The author will introduce you to some new characters who were real people like Gaeteano Bresci, the anarchist who killed the King of Italy; Puccini, an operatic composer; and Thomas Edison; and some like Fox-Selwyn nephew Francis (Frank) who are not people from history.

The book is exciting and brings up points of view from both sides of many questions. I think that you could read this book without having read the first two.


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