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Despite the fact that this is marketed as a new series of mysteries, I get the feeling that isof a Literary in joke Lead character Bella Wallis is a widow, possible bisexual, secret author but these are just labels which the author never bothers to explore She has zero personality Despite setting herself up as in an independent woman, there are plenty of men falling over themselves to look after her and wanting to marry her Her appeal eludes me, she is sarcastic, quick to take offense and I just couldn t get interested in her As for the mystery angle, well, there isn t one Though perhaps that is the point, that this isn t supposed to be a traditional whodunnit The writing includes some head scratching similies which any decent editor should have spotted It says a lot that the books that Bella writes sound farinteresting than the one we read here. The blurb describes the main character, Bella Wallis as charismatic My impression of Bella was far from that, in fact she was extremely unlikeable, acerbic, unsympathetic, subject to irrational, sometimes violent rages, and downright cruel in her method of fictionising crimes into her sensational novels She doesn t exhibit a need for justice so much as a cruel streak, and a vicarious pleasure in vigilante justice which makes her a good living.Some of her character is explained by the fact Bella s husband died leaving her to discover the existence of a mistress Unable to confront or punish him, she embarks on a lesbian relationship with the French Marie Claude, who is moody, discontent and constantly on the verge of tears Hardly a relationshipa penance.Bella proceeds to take her anger out on men in general, leading them on, then when bored, discards them She sets her cohorts, Quigley and Murch off on a trail of destruction, rejecting them if they do something which upsets her sensibilities, but happy to stand by and let them create havoc.The author s writing style is fast paced and eloquent, but littered with cryptic conversations among characters who have historic relationships and backgrounds I was left to guess at so concentration is required to work out what is going on and why The ending is murky in that the good guys don t win and the villain doesn t face the consequences of his actions not in a socially acceptable way at least.The novel isn t bad so much as confusing. [Ebook] ♖ The Widow's Secret ♱ Bella Wallis Discovers Her Plots In The Alley Ways, Drawing Rooms And Dirty Laundry Of Victorian London Under The Pen Name Henry Ellis Margam She Takes Revenge Upon The Scoundrels That Litter London Society By Destroying Them In Print So When Bella Discovers A Crested Cigar Case At The Scene Of A Murdered Prostitute She And Her Friends Are Determined To Solve The Mystery And To Avenge The Wretched Girl S Death But The Owner Of The Coat Of Arms Is A Dangerous And Powerful Man, And The World He Inhabits Far Murkier Than Bella Could Ever Have Imagined With Cruelty And Violence Threatening To Engulf Her, She Plots One Last Attempt To Expose And Denounce The Murderer Bella Wallis, Widow And Writer, Must Put Pen To Paper Before Her Nemesis Silences Her For Ever Bella Wallis is the title character in Brian Thompson s The Widow s Secret in 1870s London, she is able to make her independent way in the world by dint of her alter ego, Henry Ellis Margam, and the sensational novels that he publishes, in which the author skewers members of society whose bad behaviour has brought about Bella s opprobrium If she cannot bring them to justice outright, she can at least shame them among their peers, many of whom read Margam s novels and most of whom can pinpoint the real individuals whose characters are being so pointedly shown up When a young prostitute is brutally murdered, Bella gathers her friends Captain Quigley a dubious character , Murch most mysterious and Urmiston a former middle class official of the railroad fallen on hard times , and together they resolve to reveal the brute behind the savage attack But that person hasresources than they know, and soon the friends find themselves fighting for their very lives This is the first in a series, the second of which I actually read before finding this one I like the characters and the plotting, but most of all I like the very gritty Victorian England that Thompson portrays Bella and her friends are not the sexually stultified creatures we expect from that historical period, and the poor of the city are shown neither as villains nor victims, only as human beings struggling in a very dystopian reality I hope there arenovels to come in this series, and would recommend it to anybody who likes the genre of historical mystery and who doesn t mind some grime in their reading Sinceramente, me he sentido bastante estafada por el libro Si en el t tulo aluden a una valiente investigadora , eso es lo que espero encontrar en las p ginas Sin embargo, la protagonista view spoiler es una mujer superficial y ego sta que s lo mira su conveniencia y sacar provecho de las situaciones para plasmarlas en sus novelas Ella no investiga ni se implica directamente, y a mitad de novela se ha cansado del crimen hide spoiler mp3 workaday This is a fun skit on the victorian sensation novels and it may be just the gusty sea breeze here today but this feels mighty refreshing It is a cheeky tale peopled with shilling tarts and gentry gawn bad hahahahaLater It all got old rather quick not a bad read for a workday listen but not the best either Book 1, 2008 Blurb Bella Wallis discovers her plots in the alley ways, drawing rooms and dirty laundry of Victorian London Under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam she takes revenge upon the scoundrels that litter London Society by destroying them in print.So when Bella discovers a crested cigar case at the scene of a murdered prostitute she and her friends are determined to solve the mystery and to avenge the wretched girl s death But the owner of the coat of arms is a dangerous and powerful man, and the world he inhabits far murkier than Bella could ever have imagined With cruelty and violence threatening to engulf her, she plots one last attempt to expose and denounce the murderer Bella Wallis, widow and writer, must put pen to paper before her nemesis silences her for ever. Rather an unsettling book It is well written, the characters are unusual and well developed The book is racy and untraditional for a Victorian mystery The core problem, I think, is that it lacks the sense of fairplay and underlying morality that appeals to most mystery readers, who look to solve a puzzle and achieve some sort of justice This genre of mysteries is generally taken up as a soothing exercise wrongs are righted, the heroes are heroes, if perhaps flawed The characters in The Widow s Secret don t fit the type There is murderous vigilanteism and when one character takes issue with it, he is pegged as weak but noble Bella herself turns a blind eye to all that either doesn t interest her or could disturb her She is not admirable in any way She reminds me a bit of that other intrepid period sleuth, Phryne Fisher also a bit of a renegade.Glamourous, determined, Phryne has a moral core where Bella s is either rotten orlikely, just vacant Bella is too dissipated for my taste, she is self involved and self satisfied and risks nothing, neither physical safety, nor emotional or moral equanimity. I picked up this book with high hopes It seemed to have a lot of potential But I feel like it never really found its stride There were a lot of conversations where it seemed like the author wanted us to guess at what was really being said as if there was a history between the characters that we were expected to figure out on our own The main character in particular seemed to be out of control randomly kissing another character in one instance and then screaming in a fury at that person in the next There was never really a mystery except that it took them 20 pages to figure out who the cigar case belonged to and they never proved the guy was the murderer It was simply implied because he was an eil person so of course he must have done it A couple of the secondary characters were fairly well written but I so disliked the main character that ultimately it really didn t matter A book this length would normally take me an evening or two to finish but this dragged on forthan a week I simply didn t care enough about the story to delve into it that deeply. I tried this book three times and the best I could do was to get halfway before I gave up.The plot did not grab me, the characters did not appeal so why continue Lenta, pesada, aburridaLa idea es buena pero para mi gusto no, no me dejo nada.No la recomendar a