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Unnatural Fire (Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1)
Unnatural Fire - Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1
Author: Fidelis Morgan
London 1699. Anastasia Ashby de la Zouche, Baroness Penge, Countess of Clapham, former mistress to King Charles II, has fallen on hard times. Cast into the notorious Fleet Prison by the bum-bailiffs, she is forced to turn to journalism: gathering salacious tit-bits for a scandal sheet. But the Countess and Alpiew, her maidservant, encounter more...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002326957
ISBN-10: 0002326957
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 356
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4.1 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Harper Collins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Unnatural Fire (Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
I nearly gave up a few times, but am glad I stuck it out to the end. I found the archaic spellings in this book to be a bit difficult to follow at times, but more annoying were the numerous French phrases tossed about by Pigalle with NO TRANSLATION.

Now, I'm a former French major and I understand a lot of French, but I was puzzled a few times. I hate when authors bandy about foreign phrases with reckless abandon. It smacks of pretentiousness and that doesn't sit well with me. Still, those phrases seemed to fade away as the book progressed and the last 75 pages or so had my on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop reading until I was finished.

Overall, a good read, chockfull of history/historical characters which I like. I'd probably read more by the author should they fall into my lap.
reviewed Unnatural Fire (Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1) on + 79 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
It took me a bit to get into the book ... but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. There is a lot of British history, which seems to be pretty accurate and then there is the British history that is sorta mixed up with fiction that leaves you wondering if it "could" be true or not. I like that. It definitely had me guessing "WHO DONE IT" all the way until the end. I even chuckled out loud a few times as well ... the characters definitely have chemistry between them and I can't wait to read their next escapade ...

This is the first book of the Countess Ashby series, the second one is The Rival Queens ... the third one is The Ambitious Stepmother and the fourth one is Fortune's Slave.
reviewed Unnatural Fire (Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1) on + 119 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I was only so-so about this book. I found the Countess irritated me and while I don't mind slapstick humor in a mystery I just thought Morgan went out of her way to "yuk" it up. The plot was a bit convoluted and her writing style just didn't grab me.
reviewed Unnatural Fire (Countess Ashby De La Zouche, Bk 1) on + 79 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
It took me a bit to get into the book ... but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. There is a lot of British history, which seems to be pretty accurate and then there is the British history that is sorta mixed up with fiction that leaves you wondering if it "could" be true or not. I like that. It definitely had me guessing "WHO DONE IT" all the way until the end. I even chuckled out loud a few times at the slap stick British humour as well ... the characters definitely have chemistry between them and I can't wait to read their next escapade ...

This is the first book of the Countess Ashby series, the second one is The Rival Queens ... the third one is The Ambitious Stepmother and the fourth one is Fortune's Slave.
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