And here I was of the opinion Whom the Gods Love: Julian Kestrel #3 was an amazingly written "in depth" mystery. That book has nothing on this fourth book - regrettably the last Julian Kestrel book written by the late Kate Ross.
During the first few pages of the book, I was inclined toward doubt as to the manner in which Kate Ross lays out the setting for the book. By "doubt" - I only refer to the fact she begins the storyline by taking the reader into the world of an aristocratic Milanese family in Italy wherein the head of the family, a certain Marchese Lodovico Malvezzi, is head over ears in love with music. He is literally obsessed, to the point he has taken on his most recent protegee - a person known only to us as Orfeo and hidden him away with Maestro Donati, a highly sought after composer and music teacher. Orfeo is not allowed to leave the villa until the day Lodovico will allow him to be presented to the public. Until that time, Lodovico relishes the fact that he alone is privy to the "voice" of this talented English tenor.
Tragedy occurs before Orfeo can be presented resulting in the death of Lodovico and the disappearance of Orfeo. When Julian Kestrel enters the picture, Lodovico's been dead for 4 1/2 years, but the fact Lodovico was murdered has only recently been made public, resulting in his family and the current government deciding the guilty party must be found. The person most suspected of the murder is Orfeo, considering he disappeared at the same time Lodovico was killed. Another complication to the already complicated storyline is the inclusion of the mysterious Carbonari factor - a highly secretive network of political revolutionaries which some authorities believe might have been involved in the murder of Lodovico.
Concurrently, Julian and Dipper are traveling on the Continent with Julian's pal, Dr. McGregor. When Julian decides to travel to Milan, he has more on his mind than tourism. Once he has been engaged by Lodovico's beautiful young widow, Beatrice and Lodovico's brother Carlo, to investigate the murder, Julian is set to go. What ensues is an unbelievably complicated mystery with Ross's usual set of interesting characters.
For some readers, the storyline might be too slow, but I am literally enthralled by Kate Ross's style of writing. I love Julian's character - honorable to a fault in every single situation whether the people involved are young, old, male, female, infirm, healthy. He typifies the word "gentleman." During the course of the book, all the primary characters decamp to the villa where Lodovico met his death and where Julian ultimately falls in love with Beatrice. However, there is another young man who appears to give him a run for his money. That would be Gaston De La Marque who is a puzzle throughout the story. Although he appears to be along for love of Beatrice, it's obvious he has his own interests in play. Could he be Orfeo? That is the question which immediately comes to mind, but along the way, others join the storyline giving the reader pause about Gaston.
The ultra suave and sophisticated Julian, his manservant, Dipper - whose origins are from the slums of London and Dr. McGregor - whose personality comes across as an unsophisticated country doctor, are a most unlikely trio, but the fact Julian chooses such traveling companions once again gives insight as to the person and character that makes up Julian. Truly, Julian's gentlemanly character as developed by Kate Ross is matchless. Additionally, Julian's brilliance shines in these investigations. Along the way to the finish line, readers will learn truths about Julian that we never would have imagined. Just when you think there couldn't be more mysteries lurking behind the mystery, Ms. Ross give us more... and more...
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1937384713
- 条形码: 9781937384715
- 商品尺寸: 14.1 x 3 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 594 g
- ASIN: 1937384713
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