Nstantly on the verge of tears Hardly a relationship a penanceBella proceeds to take her anger out on men in general leading them on then when bored discards them She sets her cohorts uigley and Murch off on a trail of destruction rejecting them if they do something which upsets her sensibilities but happy to stand by and let them create havocThe author s writing style is fast paced and happy to stand by and let them create havocThe author s writing style is fast paced and but littered with cryptic conversations among characters who have historic relationships and backgrounds I was left to guess at so concentration is reuired to work out what is going on and why The ending is murky in that the good guys don t win and the villain doesn t face the conseuences of his actions not in a socially acceptable way at leastThe novel isn t bad so much as confusing Bella Wallis is the title character in Brian Thompson s The Widow s Secret in 1870s London she is able to make her independent way in the world by dint of make her independent way in the world by dint of alter ego Henry Ellis Margam and the sensational novels that he publishes in which the author skewers members of society whose bad behaviour has brought about Bella s opprobrium If she cannot bring them to justice outright she can at least shame them among their peers many of whom read Margam s novels and most of whom can pinpoint the real individuals whose characters are being so pointedly shown up When a oung prostitute is brutally murdered Bella gathers her friends Captain uigley a dubious character Murch most mysterious and Urmiston a former middle class official of the railroad fallen on hard times and together they resolve to reveal the brute behind the savage attack But that person has resources than they know and soon the friends find themselves fighting for their very lives This is the first in a series the second of which I actually read before finding this one I like the characters and the plotting but most of all I like the very gritty Victorian England that Thompson portrays Bella and her friends are not the sexually stultified creatures we expect from that historical period and the poor of the city are shown neither as villains nor victims only as human beings struggling in a very dystopian reality I hope there are novels to come in this series and would recommend it to anybody who likes the genre of historical mystery and who doesn t mind some grime in their reading I tried this book three times and the best I could do was to get halfway before I gave upThe plot did not grab me the characters did not appeal so why continue Mmm mehThis book had lots of promising ingredients The lead character is a widow of a certain age who is well I wouldn t say enjoying Participating IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A HOT a relationship with a hot woman She is also secretly an author of lurid adventure stories based on her real life observations The supporting characters are on the whole interesting and well drawnBut in the end I didn t find Bella very sympathetic I think she is cruel to her lover disdainful of her own talents. Ar murkier than Bella could ever have imagined With cruelty and violence threatening to engulf her she plots one last attempt to expose and denounce the murderer Bella Wallis widow and writer must put pen to paper before her nemesis silences her for eve.
read & download The Widow's SecretTh characters in this book were well developed and all had a back story that was revealed one piece at a time The interaction between them was believable and helped the story to flow I found the last 2 3 chapters slightly slow compared to the rest of the book but all the ends were tied up nicely Looking forward to reading about Bella and her adventures this is meant to be the first of a series isn t it Bella Wallis writes books under a male pseudononym that expose some of the scoundrels of high society When a crested cigar case is found near the body of a murdered prostitute she investigates with the help of her friends This gets her into a lot of trouble and provides her with a lot of material for her next booksIt s not a bad read but it was overshadowed by the Braun Books story that I read soon afterwards There were moments when the research showed and often I was uite confused as to the location of the happenings or the era things seemed to be very piecemealIt s not a bad read and I would be interested in reading to see how she develops as a character but she just didn t come to life for me enough to make me want the seuel immediately Despite the fact that this is marketed as a new series of mysteries I get the feeling that is of a Literary in joke Lead character Bella Wallis is a widow possible bisexual secret author but these are just labels which the author never bothers to explore She widow possible bisexual secret author but these are just labels which the author never bothers to explore She zero personality Despite setting herself up as in an independent woman there are plenty of men falling over to look her and wanting to marry her Her appeal eludes after her and wanting to marry her Her appeal eludes she is sarcastic uick to take offense and I just couldn t get interested in her As for the mystery angle well there isn t one Though perhaps that is the point that this isn t supposed to be a traditional whodunnit The writing includes some head scratching similies which any decent editor should have spotted It says a lot that the books that Bella writes sound far interesting than the one we read here I picked up this book with high hopes It seemed to have a lot of potential But I feel like it never really found its stride There were a lot of conversations where it seemed like the author wanted us to guess at what was really being said as if there was a history between the characters that we were expected to figure out on our own The main character in particular seemed to be out of control randomly kissing another character in one instance and then screaming in a fury at that person in the next There was never really a mystery except that it took them 20 pages to figure out who the cigar case belonged to and they never proved the guy was the murderer It was simply implied because he was an eil person so of course he must have done it A couple of the secondary characters were fairly well written but I so disliked the main character that ultimately it really didn t matter A book this length would normally take me an evening or two to finish but this dragg. Bella Wallis discovers her plots in the alley ways drawing rooms and dirty laundry of Victorian London Under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam she takes revenge upon the scoundrels that litter London Society by destroying them in print So when Bella disco. ,
Ed on for than a week I simply Didn T Care Enough About t care enough about story to delve into it that deeply Rather an unsettling book It is well written the characters are unusual and well developed The book is racy and untraditional for a Victorian mystery The core problem I think is that it lacks the sense of fairplay and underlying morality that appeals to most mystery readers who look to solve a puzzle and achieve some sort of justice This genre of mysteries is generally taken up as a soothing exercise wrongs are righted the heroes are heroes if perhaps flawed The characters in The Widow s Secret don t fit the type There is murderous vigilanteism and when one character takes issue with it he is pegged as weak but noble Bella herself turns a blind eye to all that either doesn t interest her or could disturb her She is not admirable in any way She reminds me a bit of that other intrepid period sleuth Phryne Fisher also a bit of a renegadeGlamourous determined Phryne has a moral core where Bella s is either rotten or likely just vacant Bella is too dissipated for my taste she is self involved and self satisfied and risks nothing neither physical safety nor emotional or moral euanimity mp3 workaday This is a fun skit on the victorian sensation novels and it may be just the gusty sea breeze here today but this feels mighty refreshing It is a cheeky tale peopled with shilling tarts and gentry gawn bad hahahahaLater It all got old rather uick not a bad read for a workday listen but not the best either Book 1 2008 Blurb Bella Wallis discovers her plots in the alley ways drawing rooms and dirty laundry of Victorian London Under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam she takes revenge upon the scoundrels that litter London Society by destroying them in printSo when Bella discovers a crested cigar case at the scene of a murdered prostitute she and her friends are determined to solve the mystery and to avenge the wretched girl s death But the owner of the coat of arms is death But the owner of the coat of arms is dangerous and powerful man and the world he inhabits far murkier than Bella could ever have imagined With cruelty and violence threatening to engulf her she plots one last attempt to expose and denounce the murderer Bella Wallis widow and writer must put pen to paper before her nemesis silences her for ever The blurb describes the main character Bella Wallis as charismatic My impression of Bella was far from that in fact she was extremely unlikeable acerbic unsympathetic subject to irrational sometimes violent rages and downright cruel in her method of fictionising crimes into her sensational novels She doesn t exhibit a need for justice so much as a cruel streak and a vicarious pleasure in vigilante justice which makes her a good livingSome of her character is explained by the fact Bella s husband died leaving her to discover the existence of a mistress Unable to confront or punish him she embarks on a lesbian relationship with the French Marie Claude who is moody discontent and co. Vers a crested cigar case at the scene of a murdered prostitute she and her friends are determined to solve the mystery and to avenge the wretched girl's death But the owner of the coat of arms is a dangerous and powerful man and the world he inhabits