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Author: Martin Cruz Smith
Rose is a wonderfully rich and intricate novel set in nineteenth-century Wigan, a town located in the coal country of Lancashire.  Its protagonist, Jonathan Blair, is a mining engineer who has been chased out of Africa for "stealing" from the missionaries' Bible Fund in order to pay off the porter of his expedition into the interior of...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679426615
ISBN-10: 0679426612
Publication Date: 4/23/1996
Pages: 364
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
This book seems to have won grand reviews all over. I hope you believe them so that you will order my copy. But in all honesty...the character development is just plain awful. Everyone is a caricature of Old England except for the hero -- an entirely modern creature who so admiringly fights sexism, racism, imperialism, oppression and bad taste or anything else that offends our sensibilities. And the "dense" and "challenging" mystery can be solved from a mile away as soon as the author lets the clues drop. Avoid the hype, save your credit for something else.
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Helpful Score: 1
The story is set in the English coal producing town of Wegan in the 1870's. It starts out with a British engineer who longs to return to Africa and to his little daughter. But first he must solve a mystery of the disappearance of the fiance of the Bishops daughter in order to earn the money for his passage.
One of the interesting aspects of this tale is the view of the class structure during the Victorian period and the insights into British culture. This book is charming and suspenseful and will keep you guessing until the very end.
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Bought this at an airport, then on the plane discovered I had already read it. But I read it again anyway and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Cruz is an interesting writer and I've read 4 of his books. This combines mystery and history. Check him out.
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A Victorian era love story / mystery set in the coal mines. Vintage Cruz-Smith
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A tight, tensely plotted mystery/thriller set in a 19th-century English coal-mining town. Kept me up late at night!
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Super mystery, historical novel, romance too. Interesting history on the British mining culture in the 19th century, found it very intriguing, with a surprise ending!
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Smith is one of my favorite authors! This is set in the 1800s in a small coal town in England. A delightful read. I found the lead character Blair reminds me a lot of Arkady Renko, the hero in the series of books that Smith is probably best known for. If you are a Reno fan than you should read this. If you have not read Smith yet, I think this book is a good indication of his style.
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For Jonathan Blair nothing could be more repulsive than trekking to the dreary coal town of Wigan, England. But to earn passage back to his beloved Africa, he must discover what happened to the missing Reverend Maypole.
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If you've read Martin Cruz Smith, then you know. If you haven't, then you should give him a try. This is one of his best.
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Gorky Park author has new one of investigation of missing cleric in Victorian England Coal mining town.
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I liked this book very much. It is one of those that has stayed with me although I read it over a year ago.