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Ross, CUT TO THE QUICK

I finished rereading Kate Ross' Cut to the Quick last night, and was still charmed with it. It's the first of four mysteries featuring Julian Kestrel, a young dandy in Regency England. His sidekicks are his valet Dipper, a former pickpocket; Dr. McGregor, a crusty but sweet country doctor; and, to a lesser extent, a young girl named, possibly in homage to Dunnett, Phillipa Fontclair.

Kestrel is a mysterious young man of little fortune, whose parents are dead and who posseses no talent except for music. And, it turns out, he has a talent for detecting. He's an outsider detective, who begins with no real friend except Dipper, and ends having gained a father-figure in McGregor. Just the sort of story I like.

I noticed on this read, however, that the tenets of modern mystery writing had overwritten some of the historical elements; that is, Kestrel's methodology is very much that of the modern police detective and not what one might expect from someone truly of the period. This didn't bother me too much, but it might bother other readers.
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