Hello gentle reader,
this week I’m reading a YA Historical Mystery/Fantasy. The Ruby In The Smoke (A Sally Lockhart Mystery) was written by UK author Philip Pullman. It is the first book in a quartet published between 1985 and 2004. Set in Victorian London, this series follows sixteen-year-old Sally as she investigates her father’s death and uncovers secrets that threaten her very life.
“Sally is sixteen and uncommonly pretty. Her knowledge of English literature, French, history, art and music is non-existent, but she has a thorough grounding in military tactics, can run a business, ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol.
When her dear father is drowned in suspicious circumstances in the South China Sea, Sally is left to fend for herself, an orphan and alone in the smoky fog of Victorian London. Though she doesn’t know it, Sally is already in terrible danger. Soon the mystery and the danger will deepen – and at the rotten heart of it all lies the deadly secret of the ruby in the smoke…”
What are you reading this week?
I’m reading Beautiful Creatures! It’s very good so far. I’m not a huge fan of Pullman – I read His Dark Materials and loved the first book, but the other two sort of lost me. Have you read them? Did you like them?
I did read His Dark Materials but it’s definitely not one of my favourite books. Then I picked up this Sally Lockhart series and It’s so much more fun to read! And I love the writing. Beautiful Creatures I wanted to love so bad… and I did love the first 100 pages and the setting. But then I could never really care about the characters and the plot is a bit… blah. In the end, I gave up on reading the rest of the series, and I’m still debating whether or not I shloud go and see the film…