While it is not as good as the first, it is still worth a read and BOOK three is the BEST!!!!! You will want to read Tiger in the Well!!!
Continues the story of Sally Lockhart, 18th century indepentent young woman in merry ol' England. Sally's a women's libber before there is such a thing. Romance, suspense, it has it all. (The book is more independent from the first than is usual in a trilogy.)
It was ok but not as good as the first one.
This is the 2nd of Pullman's books about Sally Lockhart, Financial Analyst, feisty Victorian spitfire, and proto-feminist.
A client arrives at Sally's door. She's followed Sally's financial advice, but the company has gone bust, causing her to lose all her money. She's not angry at Sally - but she suspects fraud, and asks Sally to investigate.
Meanwhile, Sally's sort-of boyfriend, a photographer, has been asked to investigate a spiritualist who may have been divulging classified business secrets in her trances...
And Sally's best friend Jim finds himself rescuing a stage magician, who also claims to have psychic powers, from a couple of thugs at a performance...
Strangely, all these events seem to be interconnected... and seem to be pitting Sally, who's not one to back down from a challenge, against one of the wealthiest, most powerful - and most dangerous - men in Europe.
Fun mystery for everyone. A can't-miss for socialists.
The year is 1878, and the spirited Sally Lockhart, once again defying Victorian sensibilities, has gone into a business for herself. When one of her clients loses a large sum of money in th eunexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally set out to...
Sally Lockhart is back. Defying Victorian sensibilities, she has gone into business for herself. When one of her clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out what happened. As she delves deeper, she finds powerful individuals holding the keys to the mystery, and they will stop at nothing - including threats on Sally's life - to shroud the truth.
Superbly read, I am enjoying this Victorian era series very much. You can count on Philip Pullman to make his villains really evil and our plucky heroes narrowly escape from danger to danger. Highly recommend.
This story is grimmer than the first Sally Lockheart book. Acting on behalf of a client, Sally discovers a plot that could signal Russian world domination; of course, she foils it - but at a high cost.
Sally Lockhart makes an unusual hero, left alone at the age of 16 when her father dies, she makes her way through turn of the century London and survives on her wits, as there was precious little else left to her. Still she prevails and forms her own business as the only female financial consultant in London.
When one of Sally's clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy and elusive industrialist, she uncovers a plot so diabolical, it could subvert the entire civilized world.
I have no idea why the Sally Lockhart mysteries (four in all) are classified as for young readers. The plots and themes all seem very 'grown-up' to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed all four books in this series, especially the first three of which are based in Victorian London.
Quite a tour de force; an adventurous tale with lots of twists and turns and richly complex characters. Highly recommended.
The year is 1878. The leading character Sally Lockhart returns, four years older, as a twenty-two year old young lady. She has gone into business for herself as a financial consultant. Investigating the case of one of her clients having lost money in a potentially fraudulent company, she discovers a diabolical plot that exceeds far beyond a simple finacial matter.
Once again, her friends and associates (first encountered in the first book in the series) assist Sally as she investigates this dangerous business.
Good young adult series fro the author of "The Dark Materials" trilogy.
Six years after solving the mysteries surrounding the death of her father (in The Ruby in the Smoke), Sally Lockhart has set up her own consulting business. But her photographer friend, Fred Garland, has a habit of drawing her into his private detective work owing to her skill in both finances and firearms. When one of Sally's clients loses a large sum of money invested in a shipping firm and Fred encounters a conjurer on the lam from underworld thugs, the two begin to find links in these apparently disparate cases.
Exquisitely written and packed with a wonderfully diverse, often terrifying cast of characters and dark twists and turns of plot, the second installment of the Sally Lockhart trilogy--an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist Editors' Choice, and a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery--is entirely impossible to put down. Make sure book 3, The Tiger in the Well, is close at hand as you near the end of this one. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Termed by PW a "brilliant bauble," this sequel to The Ruby and the Smoke finds Sally Lockhart, six years later, embroiled in high-level government chicanery; the mystery's tangled threads are "quite elegantly tied up." Ages 12-up.
Read Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke first then Shadow of the North then the Tiger in the Well. Like your lady characters strong and not afraid to be themselves? This series will not let you put the book down. Young girls will really like these books! Get them for your niece or granddaughter!
Interesting book. I did enjoy it even though it is listed as a juvenile.
Child's signature on the inside cover.