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On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. After the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.

Turning to some choice allies - the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks; the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond; and her rapscallion cousin, James - Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save queen and country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gas-lamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.

©2015 Patricia Elrod (P)2021 Tantor

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Story and voice artist are a perfect match

I bought a copy of "The Hanged Man" on Audible even though I already had the book. I wanted to hear how it came across as an audio presentation. I have to say that it's simply terrific. The choice of narrator was wonderful and the pacing of the story is superb. I hate some of the new works by authors who want to go from one action scene to another without any pause for reflection. This is the kind of storytelling I love. I hope there will be more stories to follow, but even without the promise of a sequel, this story stands on its own as a wonderful and satisfying work.

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Potential wasted

I was really enjoying this book. I liked the alternative history, the psychic service, the main character, and fantasy of the book. But, the motive for the murder was petty and weak. And, worse, the bubble of escape pleasure reading was burst by the overarching political plot, so unnecessary and unimaginative in an alternative history.

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Fantastic

Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury is a talented member of Her Majesty's Psychic Service, a travelled and independent young woman. Her relatives sneer at her because she’s “in trade” yet she is useful and very good at what she does. Even the mundane cops like her because she uses her brains and eyes as well as her gift.
Not knowing what a gaslamp adventure was I was thrilled to enjoy this thrilling tale of murder, mystery and magic. I plan to play in this playground for a while. For those like me who don’t know what a gaslamp adventure is this book is steampunk light, an alternative history and psychic sleuthing with a tiny bit of romance thrown in for flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of mystery and intrigue. Though this book was almost 12 hours long I was unable to stop listening.

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TOTAL GUN NUTZ

This cookie cutter Victorian ‘drama’ was written simply to put a gun in every characters hand.

What kinda whacko is this author? I’m betting a fear filled nut job who sleeps with a hand gun under their pillow.

Maybe I should block my name so he/she/they/it don’t come after me…?

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  • 02-16-21

How far is too far in a willing suspension of disbelief

I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. I quite enjoyed it and the characters were intriguing but there were whole sections where I just thought it was daft. I suppose I can accept psychic abilities but not the nonsense about a tiger or a man’s inability to clearly address a letter. Other readers might not mind.