The Blackstone Key

The Blackstone Key

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Baker & Taylor
Visiting her wealthy uncle in the hopes of settling a family estrangement and escaping an unwanted teaching career, Mary Finch is swept up by the Napoleonic wars raging across Europe and wonders which of her companions she can trust with military information that will affect all of England. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
It is 1795, and Mary Finch sets off to meet her wealthy uncle, hoping to heal a bitter family estrangement and perhaps to avoid a dismal career teaching at Mrs. Bunbury's school for young ladies. Eager for an adventure, she is soon embroiled in one of frightening proportions, for war is raging across Europe, England faces the threat of invasion, and some secrets are more valuable than gold.

As she uncovers a complex and deadly plot involving ruthless smugglers, secret codes, and a dangerous network of spies and traitors, Mary must learn quickly whom she can trust. The apparently stalwart Captain Holland? The dangerous yet attractive Mr. Déprez? Perhaps the mysterious Hicks or even Mrs. Tipton, who knows what is best for everyone, especially Mary? The price of failure may be her life and the safety of all England.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416560807
Characteristics: 435 p. : map ; 21 cm


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Jul 20, 2010

An enjoyable read with an interesting mystery and well nuanced, understated characterisation. The plot was a little slow to develop but promises much for the second instalment. The story nevertheless makes a nice escape on a cold afternoon.


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