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In eighteenth century London a killer walks the of the eBook #8608 teeming streets His victims are always young prostitutes with red hair Before they die they hear whispers that speak of stars Of a woman named Selene Then they feel the cord around their The Music ePUB #192. The graphically depicted scenes of sexual depravity sort of ruined this book for me Like most of us I have a particularly graphic imagination and had these images burned into my mind for months This is the only book I have thrown away because of it s contents Sorry I can t tell you I ve tried to forget this book This book is NOT for those with graphic imaginations or sensitive sensibilities

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240 met her end in the shadowy alleys of London The redemption he craves won't be found in the politics of war The answers he seeks won't be on the city streets Danger and intrigue will compel him to look elsewhere for it is where he least expects it that a secret is hiding. This is an interesting book I almost gave it up around a uarter through the plot was advancing in such inch by inch increments that I thought it would never actually get anywhere But the story opens in 1795 when such was the norm everything was slow travel communication the flow of information I persisted because I found the two main characters so realistic unheroic damaged by loss and hopelessness struggling with hard precarious lives on the edge of real poverty in a time when poverty was a death sentence and deeply flawed Even the most appealing gentle and empathetic character the protagonist s gay brother is willfully blind to his own exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable other The plot elements having to do with the French revolution and Britain s role in supporting the Royalists attempting to return to power is labyrinthine I got lost a few times forgetting who was who and on which side they seemed to be operating but that wasn t actually critical to the story which is really about obsession loss and moral dilemmas Some of the other characters are rather over the top melodramatic with madness and rapacious sexuality playing a large part And there is a jarring section that is totally out of place the entire story to that point having been told from the POV of the two main London characters we are suddenly in a conversation between two generals on a battlefield in France and following their maneuvers The ending too is melodramatic Still I think this is worth reading with all its flawsOn edit After I review a book sometimes I like to read around and see what published reviews say about it On this one the Publishers Weekly reviewer wrote part of the problem with the book is that it is so unremittingly downbeat with no glimmer of hope that anything will improve I think there s a lot to criticize in this novel but this irritated me Since when is downbeat uneuivocally a problem in literature Methinks this reviewer has been spending too much time at Ophra s Book Club

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Necks While the Revolution rages across the Channel Jonathan Absey working for England's Home Office tracks down foreign spies in the war against France But he is obsessed with the recent killings of prostitutes all of whom resemble his lost daughter who Music of the MOBI #. Much as I wanted to love this novel it just lacked something to rate than three stars despite the allure of its well depicted period setting a range of characters that felt authentic than is often the case in historical fiction reasonably gripping serial killer plotline mixed with spies astronomy and political intrigue in late 18th C London portrayed with messy smelly realism a dark and dangerous place A good edit would have improved the novel by tightening up the narrative less digression not uite so much detail though I appreciate a lot of research clearly went into the writing but in places there was simply too much information to the detriment of narrative pace and holding the reader s attention I enjoyed the main character Jonathan Absey a spy master who comes unstuck following the brutal murder of his young daughter by a Jack the Ripper style killer and his older half brother Alexander a gay man in a harsh world where homosexuals risk public execution by hanging The voices of these men are very well done indeed though sometimes uncomfortable reading the novel certainly goes for a warts all approach that I found very refreshing though other reviewers here have been put off by its spare no details take on sexuality and violence I applaud any writer who goes against current orthodoxy that historical characters must think and act as though they have somehow anticipated 21st C attitudes so as not to offend modern readers with outdated prejudices However I guessed the identity of the killer early on worked out who the mysterious Selene was and then it all got a bit melodramatic towards the end It was predictable though I did enjoy parts of the novel very much The exiled French aristocrat characters engaged in astronomy and espionage did not rise much above stereotype and their part of the story failed to convince me Poor Jonathan Absey suffers a deal of misfortune as the story unfolds his brother tooand assorted red headed young women who exist only to be victims as reuired Though the ending is predictable or perhaps inevitable is a accurate description it also leaves unanswered uestions and I wondered if Redfern had hoped to write a seuelSo not a bad historical crime novel if you have a stomach for graphic detail and sexual violence there are abusive relationships that could upset some readers There is much to like in the shape of well realised time place flawed characters and a dark gritty story of love obsession intrigue spies secret messages and political skulduggery


10 thoughts on “The Music of the Spheres

  1. says:

    The graphically depicted scenes of sexual depravity sort of ruined this book for me Like most of us I have a particularly graphic imagination and had these images burned into my mind for months This is the only book I have thrown away because of it's contents Sorry I can't tell you I've tried to forget this book This book is NOT for those with graphic imaginations or sensitive sensibilities

  2. says:

    Elizabeth Redfern has crafted a thinking person's historical thriller in this vivid account of a man's search for his daughter's killer and the uest for a lost planet among refugees from the French Revolution The sights sounds and smells of 18th century London permeate the tale of Jonathan Absey a calcifying ci

  3. says:

    This story takes place in London in 1795 just after the French RevolutionTo avoid persecution many French Royali

  4. says:

    Much as I wanted to love

  5. says:

    I think my prevarication towards actually reading this is seen in how I enjoyed and struggled with this novel There are pockets throughout the book that are truly engaging and fascinating but there are also parts w

  6. says:

    I loved this book and found it a powerful evocation of late 18th century Britain with a compelling mystery involv

  7. says:

    I was in the mood for a historical novel and this was a pretty decent mystery to boot I enjoyed it My only complaint was that the astronomical bits could get a little tedious at times Also it made me feel like I should brush up on my French revolutionary history I kept getting Republicans and Royalists confused A good uick read I'd recommend it

  8. says:

    A book I picked up despite knowing nothing about the writer this was an enjoyable and fairly complex historical novel

  9. says:

    This is an interesting book I almost gave it up around a uarter through; the plot was advancing in such inch by inch increments that I thought

  10. says:

    This novel was one of the best murder mysteries that I've read in a very long time For once I didn't have the ki

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