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The Sleeping Partner: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 31 ott 2011

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  • Copertina flessibile: 332 pagine
  • Editore: Plus One Press (31 ottobre 2011)
  • Collana: Sarah Tolerance Mystery
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0984436251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984436255
  • Peso di spedizione: 454 g
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5.0 su 5 stelle A delightful heroine, a delightful mystery 3 novembre 2011
Di Sarah Stegall - Pubblicato su
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It's harder to write a Regency novel than some might think, especially if your audience comprises modern female readers. If, on the one hand, a writer sticks religiously to the historic modes and mores of the time she's writing about, she risks alienating the inheritors of two hundred years of feminist struggle. On the other hand, it is very difficult to insert "modern" sensibilities into a heroine from 1810 without making her an anachronism in her own story. Combine this with the tricky business of setting up an alternate history, and any writer might blanch at the challenge. Madeleine Robins triumphs at it, however, especially in this, her third novel set in a slightly different Regency London than that explored by the successors to Georgette Heyer.

Our heroine, Sarah Tolerance, is a Fallen Woman, having eloped in her youth with her fencing instructor. After his death, she resolved not to enter the world of prostitution which Regency society deemed the only fit occupation for a woman with no reputation. With courage and aplomb, she puts her sword and her wits at the service of those members of London society who need discreet inquiries made by someone who knows the world of the ton, a world she now stands outside of, with the outsider's ironic insight. In her third adventure, she is tasked to retrieve a runaway girl, a young lady who apparently ran off much as Sarah herself did, leaving a sputtering and indignant father to denounce her in absentia.

All is not as it seems, however, and this case turns out to be much darker than most Regency romps, even the earlier Sarah Tolerance novels. Sarah Tolerance shines a light into the roach-infested underbelly of London in the Napoleonic Age. Robins guides us through a world of extremes -- of poverty and wealth, corruption and compassion, honor and shame. Her supporting cast continues to round out this rich tapestry: Sarah's aunt, the madam of an upscale brothel, her friend Sir Walter of the Bow Street constabulary, and other characters whose depth lends authenticity and sparkle to the tale.

Robins does not hammer us with the differences between this Regency London and our own. The entire milieu is so richly described, so alive to the reader, that one can nearly smell the stink of the streets or the breeze off the Thames. Such detail draws us in so deeply that even when we spot something different from our own time, it feels natural to this world. Even when we are introduced to a famous feminist who died early in our world, or when we learn that the Regency is held not by the Prince but by another member of the Royal family, our belief in this world holds up.

A man from Sarah's past, trouble brewing with her Aunt Dorothea, and a growing intimacy with a handsome friend keep the focus of the story as much on Miss Tolerance as on the odd mystery she is unraveling; we care as much about what happens to her as we do about what she finds out. As befits a woman of action, there is plenty of fighting, chasing and kicking to be had, as well as demure scenes with gossip, tea and biscuits. Altogether, this third Sarah Tolerance is a return to a delightful world of scandal, intrigue, and mystery, seen through the eyes of a charmingly sardonic and spirited heroine. I hope Ms. Robins is hard at work on the next novel with Sarah Tolerance.

I recommend that readers also check out the other books in the Sarah Tolerance series:

Petty Treason : A Sarah Tolerance Mystery (Sarah Tolerance)
Point of Honour
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5.0 su 5 stelle A series that is consistently excellent 18 gennaio 2014
Di LMN - Pubblicato su
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Madeleine E. Robins Sarah Tolerance mysteries are a cut above the usual. Inside a wonderfully gritty and unsentimental Regency period setting, Ms. Robins writes excellent character motivated mysteries. There is never a sense that the author is a puppet master jerking her creations around at her bidding--something of an epidemic in popular fiction today. Instead, as with the very best writers, Ms. Robins' characters are there own persons and what they do comes directly out of who they are, so false motivation or actions are not to be found here. Even when I might wish Ms. Tolerance to behave differently, I know she can't without being a traitor to herself.

I solute Ms. Robins for her ability to create believable characters and strong plots so that finishing one of these mysteries is always bittersweet -- her stories are so satisfying and so few. The first of the Sarah Tolerance books came out in 2005, with the next in 2006, and this one six years later. Let us pray for a much shorter gap between The Sleeping Partner and the next Sarah Tolerance Mystery.

I recommend this series, while also recommending new readers start with the first book, Point of Honor.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The best of the series yet 23 gennaio 2012
Di Shauna S. Roberts - Pubblicato su
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I loved the first two mysteries (set in an alternate Regency London) starring Sarah Tolerance, swordswoman, detective, and "fallen woman." It's been a long wait for the third one, but it was worth it.

At first, I fear I might be disappointed. The story gets off to a slow start, and the sword fights I enjoyed in the first two books are almost absent here.

However, The Sleeping Partner soon becomes unputdownable. What has happened to young, innocent Evadne, who seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth? Why does this case, which Miss Tolerance is investigating with delicacy and secrecy, bring so many attacks on her? Who among Evadne's family will stand up to her father, who writes her off as a disgrace not welcome again in his house?

Especially fascinating is that as Miss Tolerance investigates her most challenging case yet, we see the many terrible effects of the time's misogyny on women's lives and how these effects ripple through families and society as a whole. Several characters grow in response to Evadne's disappearance and her fate, and we see how even in times of hate and intolerance, there are good people willing to stand up for the downtrodden. I won't spoil the surprise of who one of these good people is, but I loved the cameo appearance of a great woman of history.

Meanwhile, Miss Tolerance''s aunt is still suffering effects of the stroke she had in book 2 and has become unpredictable, making life in her bawdy house a strain for all the servants and prostitutes and causing worry all around. Miss Tolerance herself grows as she questions many of her assumptions about the limitations of her life as a fallen woman when she is badly injured and must rely on her friend Sir Walter for help and when the brother she assumed never wanted to see her again is delighted to know she is alive.

I look forward to the next book in the series. I hope it will continue the interesting mysteries of the first three books while including the social commentary and character profiles that make the third book rise above the first two.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Miss Sarah Tolerance FTW! 9 maggio 2013
Di Cissa - Pubblicato su
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I love Miss Tolerance, and I love the alternative Regency London in which she lives and works. This may be the best book yet in the series! It's full of derring-do, intelligent deductions, help- and lack thereof- from unexpected quarters, and excellent characterization and dialog in the service of a nicely twisty plot; even though I "called" some of the aspects fairly early on, I did not predict the whole of the schemes laid bare.

There's not much romance in these novels, so Regency fans who like romance may be disappointed. They contain excellent mysteries, though, and a wry and skewed eye to regency culture- one that broadens the scope of understanding beyond that of balls and "coming out".

While Miss Tolerance works to find the missing girl- the task for which she's been hired- various personal aspects of life pop up and need to be dealt with. And that's all I can say without spoilers!

Now, generally "Regency" means a pretty light read. This one isn't. It's maybe regency noir? The ugly underbelly of "polite society" is very much on display.

It is also a good, thick, meaty novel, and well worth the price.

I think one could step into the series here without much lack, although having read the previous 2 volumes will improve one's understanding of the personal aspects of this novel.

Highly recommended. I'll add a trigger warning for sexual violence, albeit not described in detail.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Hail the return of Sarah Tolerance! 4 agosto 2013
Di JayJay - Pubblicato su
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I love this heroine and have enjoyed the previous books in the (short) series by Ms. Robins. It sounds as though she's had issues with publishers, but that's too bad, because the books are well written and the main character admirable. I'm hoping for many more Sarah adventures to come.

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