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kindle ½ A Treacherous Likeness µ 367 pages Download õ Lynn Shepherd ✓ A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of FrankensteinIn the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case Hat his own great uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back than thirty yearsThe story of the Shelleys is one of love and death of loss and betrayal In this follow up to the acclaimed Tom All Alone’s Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day and have never yet been fully explain A Fatal LikenessBy Lynn ShepherdSummery courtesy of GoodreadscomA mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of FrankensteinIn the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case His client? The only surviving son of the long dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of FrankensteinCharles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife Harriet and he starts to uestion whether she did indeed kill herself or whether what really happened was far sinister than suicideAs he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past Charles discovers darker and disturbing secrets until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back than thirty yearsThe story of the Shelleys is one of love and death of loss and betrayal In this follow up to the acclaimed Tom All Alone’s Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day and have never yet been fully explainedReviewThis is possibly the the worst book I've ever read the language was overly descriptive in places the flow of the plot was disconnected and don't get me started on the character assignation that this author used when describing two of the literary worlds most famous authors1 Star

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Oet’s literary legacy but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife Harriet and he starts to uestion whether she did indeed kill herself or whether what really happened was far sinister than suicideAs he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past Charles discovers darker and disturbing secrets until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility t There is no problem however intractable that cannot be resolved by the steady application of logic and observationI love Netgalley it allows me to choose books I would never otherwise have read After reuesting this title I really thought I made a mistake Whodunit's is not really my genre I new nothing about the romantic poets and I belatedly noticed that this was the second book in a series Despite all of this I really enjoyed itI was interested in learning about Percy Bysshe Shelley Mary Shelley and Claire Clairmont and their contemporaries I never realized that free love was already a concept in the Victorian age I was glad that the author explains in detail what is fact and what is fiction in her notes as it's always difficult reading about a new spin on historical figures if you are not familiar with the basic facts I love how vividly she painted London in the 1800's I thought the writing also reflected the time period very well It was my first time reading a novel told from a 3rd person omniscient point of view It was a bit jarring in the beginning but by the end of the book I uite liked it The suspense in A Fatal Likeness was amazing There was twists on top of twists and layers on layers Every time you thought that all answers were now revealed there was yet another revelation waiting in the wings Charles Maddox who reminds me uite a bit of Sherlock Holmes sees the case and possible answers from all the suspects point of viewThanks mrs Shepherd because of your book I've now discovered a new favorite genre Historical CrimeThe story When his great uncle the master detective who schooled him in the science of thief taking is mysteriously stricken Charles Maddox fears that the old man's breakdown may be directly related to the latest case he's been asked to undertake Summoned to the home of a stuffy nobleman and his imperious wife Charles finds his investigative services have been engaged by no less than the son of celebrated poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his famed widow Mary author of the gothic classic Frankenstein

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A Treacherous LikenessA mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of FrankensteinIn the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case His client? The only surviving son of the long dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of FrankensteinCharles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the p In 1850 a young detective takes on a new case unlike anything seen before; Charles Maddox’s client is the surviving son of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley Maddox has to track down some papers concerning the Shelleys that could be used for blackmail and ruin their literary legacy This will take him into investigating the dark lives of not just Percy Bysshe Shelley but all the young Romantics and uestion the cause of death for Shelley’s first wife HarrietThis was a really difficult book to review but I will try hard to be fair and explore the two contradicting opinions I have about this book First of all I read this book with not much knowledge of the Romantics; I knew basics but I hadn’t explored them as much as I would have liked I’ve been a fan of this literary movement even since the start of my reading life and most of you know that Frankenstein remains my favourite novel of all time So when I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read itReading the book I found it interesting; the writing style really reminded me of the time Yet at times I felt like the writing was trying to reflect the time and sometimes it just did not feel right I found myself rereading paragraphs trying to pick up what bothered me about them I never really found the problem I do not even think it was the writing that was my problem but of the tone but on that later When it comes to the mystery everything felt pretty straightforward piece by piece slowly revealed until the reader finally knows what was going onWhile I did have some problems with the book all in all I was enjoying the book and would give it a rating of three stars maybe three and a half I didn’t find out much about the protagonist Charles Maddox as I would have liked but this could be because this detective appears in Lynn Shepherd’s other novel Tom All Alone If I had read this book first I might have a different opinion towards Maddox Which brings me to my problems; A Treacherous Likeness would have been a decent novel if it wasn’t using literary legends This book made me want to explore about the Romantic Movement to its credit but this was also its downfallAfter finishing this novel I’ve been dipping in and out of three different books; The Monsters Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy Thomas Hoobler; Young Romantics The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation by Daisy Hay; and Footsteps Adventures of a Romantic Biographer by Richard Holmes All these Non Fiction books are vastly different but I picked them to get of an insight on the lives of the Shelleys Now the Romantics are wonderfully complex people with eually complex relationships and I don’t understand what their lives were like but the creative licence this author took in A Treacherous Likeness to weave this story through only leads me to think one thing With all I’ve learnt about Percy Bysshe Shelley and the others I’ve come to the conclusion that Lynn Shepherd mustn’t like them at allI’ve got to learn about the lives of the great poets but after reading some of the non fiction of the time and reflecting back on A Treacherous Likeness I can’t help thinking while the author has excellent knowledge on these people there has to be hatred towards them as well In A Treacherous Likeness there are the controversial statements of Mary Shelley not writing Frankenstein killing her baby and with Percy Bysshe Shelley’s help pushing Harriett to suicide While they have merit and we can’t be sure if these are true or not they still point towards a dislike of these people Mary Shelley in particular This could be the author’s attempt to weave her story through the facts and create this complex mystery; for me after all the research it just comes across in a negative wayI have a lot to learn about the Romantic Movement and I have to give A Treacherous Likeness credit for the re spark in my interest in these people I am not trying to be negative towards Lynn Shepherd; I think she has a great writing style and hope that she continues writing historical mysteries I would prefer if it wasn’t based on real people because when it comes to the Romantics and Mary Shelley I still adore them and don’t like to read anything that paints them in a horrible light Sure they were not the nicest people they made many mistakes but we can’t deny what they did for literature I think I will have to try Tom All Alone one day just so I’m not judging this author on just one experience; her writing is worth reading I just had some issues with this novelThis review originally appeared on my blog;