Julian Kestrel is an incredible protagonist and slueth introduced in this first book in this sadly all too short series. The author died way too young and too soon, each book was getting better and she was truly hitting her stride so there is no telling what journeys she would have taken Kestrel and the readers on. But we do have the four marvelous books that should be enjoyed and the word passed on to read this series. If you have enjoyed other Regency era mystery series such as Hannah March, T. F. Banks, C. S. Harris, Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander and especially Ashley Gardners Captain Lacey then this series is a must read!
Real good mystery. In 1820 it was hard to be a detective, especially when it's your first murder to solve. This is Ms Ross's first of a few detective novels with Julian Kestrel and his servant Dipper. It is a shame Ms Ross could only write a few before she died. I love all of her books.
This Regency Mystery reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. The mystery is excellent and the writing is excellent. Ms. Ross completed 4 in the series before she passed away. These books will be keepers for me to re-read.
Dannie H. reviewed Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel, Bk 1) on
"Cut to the Quick"is a well written mystery. The first book in a series, it features Julian Kestrel, a Regency dandy, as the detective. When a young woman is found dead in his bed while he is visiting a friend, his servant, Dipper is suspected of having killed the woman, who seems to be unknown to all the house's inhabitants. Believing Dipper to be innocent, and knowing that having a non-family member convicted of the crime would please everyone, Kestrel forces his host to allow him to investigate. His host, who is also the local magistrate, would prefer Kestrel kept out of it, but can't deny that investigating his own family is a conflict of interest.
I don't like contrivances in murder mysteries, and here there are only two. The first one is completely necessary, because without it Kestrel wouldn't be in the house, so it's forgivable. the second contrivance, however, while necessary to tie up all loose ends, is too strained. Despite that, the book was well worth reading.