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The Resource Against the light, Marjorie Eccles

Against the light, Marjorie Eccles

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Against the light
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Against the light
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Marjorie Eccles
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eng
Summary
London, April, 1912. The third Irish Home Rule Bill is passing through Parliament and the situation is growing ever more tense. Closely involved in the negotiations, cabinet minister Edmund Latimer finds himself under growing pressure--which only intensifies when his seven-month-old niece Lucy is snatched away in her pram in Regent's Park. Could there be a connection between Lucy's kidnapping and the Irish talks? With her husband under intolerable strain, Edmund's wife Alice makes it her business to find out. But the more she discovers, the more she realizes how little she really knows the man she married five years before
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  • Eccles’ latest historical mystery is set in London in 1912, when tensions were high between those who favored the Irish Home Rule bill and those who strongly opposed Irish independence. Edmund Latimer, a cabinet minister, is in the thick of the debate, so he has little time to worry about his wife, Alice, who is caught up in her own life, being a practicing physician who loves her work and doesn’t mind that Edmund is away much of the time. But tragedy strikes when the Latimer’s infant niece, Lucy, is kidnapped. In what seems a totally unrelated case, DI Gaines and DS Inskip of Scotland Yard are investigating the murder of an unidentified man knifed in a taxi. But that case goes on the back burner when the coppers are assigned to Lucy’s kidnapping. As they investigate, they begin to suspect the kidnapping may be linked to Latimer’s political views. Eccles captures the ambience of early twentieth-century London and offers a whodunit full of intrigue, unexpected twists, colorful characters, and a surprising conclusion. -- Melton, Emily (Reviewed 9/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 2, p24)
  • Set in April 1912, this socially illuminating standalone from Eccles (The Firebird’s Feather) focuses on Edmund Latimer, a wealthy MP and cabinet minister, and his physician wife, Alice. They have felt comfortable and protected in the large Regent’s Park home that they share with his sister, Violet; Violet’s husband, Ferdie; and the couple’s baby, Lucy; but they find themselves suddenly vulnerable. The touchy subject in Parliament is the Irish Home Rule question. Edmund is working long hours and showing the strain, while Alice is exposed to the Home Rule controversy through her work at the medical clinic. Activists and street gangs complicate an already tense situation that hits the family more personally with kidnapping, murder, and threats to their personal safety. Is it only the Irish situation causing the uncertainty and fear Alice feels? Or is it also her growing concern about her marriage and the family? Eccles’s usual strong sense of time and place, as well as the growing unease over political events, overshadow the less developed plot and characters. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/04/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 27, p)
  • The Irish Home Rule Bill unnerves many politicians in 1912. But could it be a motive for murder?Although Dr. Alice Latimer and her MP husband, Edmund, have discussed asking Alice’s cousin Dudley to move on after an extended visit, Alice is surprised when she returns home from her work in the London slums to find their guest gone and their household reduced to Edmund’s self-centered sister, Violet, her dapper husband, Ferdie, and their baby daughter, Lucy. When Lucy is kidnapped, everyone is frantic to help the police. DI Gaines and DS Inskip are already investigating the case of a man found in a taxi with his throat slit. Inskip is anxious to keep on the taxi case because one of the suspects is an Irishman he thinks drove his former sweetheart to suicide. Even after the family receives a crude ransom note asking for an outlandish sum of money, Gaines still thinks blackmail may be involved. When Lucy is unexpectedly returned unharmed, the family would prefer to forget the whole matter, but the police have other ideas, especially when they learn that the kidnapping might be tied to their murder case. The taxicab victim turns out to be Dudley, who's found to have been a rabid Irish nationalist. A good many scandalous revelations concerning the family emerge before the case can be closed.Eccles (Heirs and Assigns, 2015, etc.) starts out with a strong storyline and plenty of interesting characters, but her weak ending is a distinct letdown.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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Eccles, Marjorie
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  • Kidnapping
  • Home rule
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Against the light, Marjorie Eccles
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"A late Edwardian mystery"--Cover
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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000057859159
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780727886224
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)936412355
Label
Against the light, Marjorie Eccles
Publication
Note
"A late Edwardian mystery"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057859159
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First world edition.
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9780727886224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)936412355

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