Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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In those few hours, she took me on an adventure, one that involved intrigue, police maneuvers, various physical assaults, and a jewel theft…and it was not even time for dinner.
In 1875 Fall River, Massachusetts, Mrs. Arbuthnot, an elocutionist, reports the disappearance of her costly gem, the Star of Swansea. To nab the culprit responsible for the theft, Mrs. Arbuthnot enlists the help of Lizzie, a young, private consulting detective in The Agitated Elocutionist: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mystery by author Richard Behrens.
Although I’ve not read the tale that must precede this series of shorts, I felt comfortable diving right into this adventure. It’s told from the perspective of Sarah, Lizzie’s cousin, so the degree of distance from Lizzie’s inner workings required a bit of patience on my part, at times. Yet, seeing Lizzie’s mission through Sarah’s eyes ultimately adds a fitting layer of theater to it all.
I got a kick out of this story’s style: old-fashioned, clever, dryly humorous, with little dashes of the outrageous. Quirky characters, creative turns of phrase, and a somewhat greater number of twists than I was expecting gave me a satisfying hour with this historical mystery. A delightful opening to a series of minis.