A Fatal Likeness

A Fatal Likeness

Lynn Shepherd / Oct 19, 2019

A Fatal Likeness A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary author of Frankenstein In the dying days of the young detective Charles Maddox

  • Title: A Fatal Likeness
  • Author: Lynn Shepherd
  • ISBN: 9780345532442
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.In 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 Frankenstein.Charles soon finds himself beingA mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.In 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 Frankenstein.Charles 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 question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far sinister than suicide.As 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 years.The 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 explained.

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      • Lynn Shepherd

        Lynn Shepherd studied English at Oxford in the 1980s, and got a doctorate degree there in 2006 She always wanted to be a writer and in 2000 she went freelance to see if it was possible to make her dream into reality Ten years later her dream finally comes true Murder at Mansfield Park was her first novel She describes her genre as literary mystery , and in 2012 she since published Tom All Alone s The Solitary House, which is inspired by Charles Dickens Bleak House Her third book A Treacherous Likeness explores the dark secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary, the author of Frankenstein It will be published in the UK in February 2013, and in the US in August under the title A Fatal Likeness More details and a video about the book can be found on lynn shepherd


    315 Comments

    1. I have never attempted to read this book, so I can't comment on whether it's good or bad, but I do think it's a shame that people are reading this, instead of something much more stimulating for grown-up minds. I really shouldn't be able to make comments like this without even attempting to know what I am talking about but it's not petty at all, because I say it isn't. Of course the lack-of-hype for A Fatal Likeness, and the fact that I'd never heard of it, means it must be good, as over-hyped b [...]


    2. Love the atmosphere of this time period, the wonderful characters, slowness of the plot to develop and the richness of the details and the setting. This is the second book in this series featuring, Charles Maddox, and in this one he takes on the Shelley family and their scandal ridden past. A case that goes into the past of this famous family and into the past of his uncle.Solid writing, just not sure I was wholly convinced by the plot, though it was certainly interesting following where the aut [...]


    3. 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 requesting 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 it.I was interested in learning more about Percy Bysshe She [...]


    4. Čim je izašla, ova knjiga odmah je privukla moju pozornost: ne samo da se radi o svojevrsnom viktorijanskom krimiću, kakve inače obožavam čitati, već su i neki od njenih likova znameniti književnici: Mary i Percy Bysshe Shelley, te lord Byron.Centralni lik cijele priče je Charles Maddox, mladi istražitelj, kojeg Percy Shelley, sin Mary i Percya Bysshea Shelleya, i njegova supruga, unajme kako bi istražio navodnu ucjenu Percyeve majke, kojom joj prijete da će objaviti neke privatne do [...]


    5. Why is this book worth reading? Isn't that the point of all these book reviews? Here's a question I'd like to ask the author Lynn Shepherd. Why is this book worth writing? Truly, why would you write this story? To be honest, I liked this book and I did not like this book. While it's well written and well researched (Shepherd is a talented writer), the author has made some wild speculations about the Shelley family, Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The Shelleys (I've read numerous biographies) had [...]


    6. Iako sam nekako više očekivala od ove knjige, super je to što se dosta saznaje o životima poznatih pjesnika Shellyja i Bayrona, a i autorice Frankenstaina, Mary Shelly. A životi su im zaista bilo jaaako osebujni. Inače je poprilično mračna i šokantna knjiga.


    7. After reading this, I feel really sorry for the Shelleys. They don't deserve this, not after so long, not when they can't defend themselves. I know this is fiction, but most of my acrimony comes from reading the author's notes at the end. It's the license Shepherd took with the "eloquent silences" in Mary Shelley's journal and justifying one step sister's jealousy of another as cause for believing that one of them is capable of murder that bothers me. Shepherd really believes that she didn't hav [...]


    8. Last year my hand was seized by an omniscient narrator, and she pulled me back into nineteenth century London and she showed me such dark and wonderful things. And now she has seized my hand again, and shown things that are even more extraordinary.We arrived in a dark, cold London street, and straight away I saw a familiar figure. Charles Maddox, the detective who had been pulled into an investigation that had uncovered dark goings-on at Tom-all-Alone’s. He was a little older, and a little wis [...]


    9. There were many times during the first third that I thought I was going to abandon this book as the plot seemed to be stalled and I wasn't emotionally involved in the characters. What kept me going was a fascination with the lines between the author and protagonist's points of view and the ethics of using real people as characters in fiction.Charles Maddox, our main character, remains a cypher for me. Perhaps the first book he appears in fixes this, but I would not be able to tell you about his [...]


    10. A Fatal LikenessBy Lynn ShepherdSummery courtesy of A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.In 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 Frankenstein.Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legac [...]


    11. It took me a while to finally review this book because it was a bizarre read for me. I had high hopes for this book but I gave it one star for the sole reason that I didn’t like it.I am not a connoisseur of the Romantics. Of course I know who Mary Shelleyis, always wanted to read Frankenstein (and will read it next month). Haven’t read her husband’s work (Percy Bysshe Shelley), but know of his existence. But I wasn’t aware of the mystery surrounding their lives.I requested this book on N [...]


    12. I read an advance copy of this novel received through LibraryThing's Early Reviews program. I had originally signed up to receive a copy because I had just read Frankenstein for the first time a few months ago, and I was intrigued by the idea of reading a mystery spun around the author and her husband. The copy of Frankenstein that I read contained biographical information about the pair, but nothing that really addressed anything personal about who they were.I also read Lynn Shepherd's book The [...]


    13. 1850/1816 London. One man, four women. The man is Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The adolescent women who protect him at all costs are the interrelated Fanny Godwin Imlay; Shelley’s first wife, Harriet Westbrook; his second wife, Mary Godwin Shelley; and Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont. Lord Byron is here, too, as the natural father of Claire Clairmont’s baby.The fictional protagonist, Charles Maddox, carries the weight of this disquieting tale. Summoned by Shelley’s son in the [...]


    14. The research and imagination that has gone into this book takes it well beyond the Victorian crime genre that it might otherwise be slotted into. As it examines a mystery at the heart of the life of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley much of the 'action' takes place much earlier in the 19th century. Unlike the book it succeeds, Tom All Alone's, Charles Maddox Junior does not drive the story as viewpoint switches between characters via letters, notes and journal entries, which reveal his great uncle - [...]


    15. I forced myself to finish it, I wanted to stop half way. Very confusing story, and I think unless you have some background knowledge of Mary and Percy Shelly (which I did not) it is hard to follow. Not my kind of book, though I normally enjoy historical fiction.




    16. Lynn Shepherd- Fatalna bliskost"Jer nije li šah, na kraju, igra žrtvovanja? Moraš znati koliko točno možeš izgubiti da bi postigao viši cilj."Autorica povijesnih krimi romana do sada nepoznata balkanskoj publici, ovim nas romanom vodi u viktorijanski London devetnaestog stoljeća.U književnosti je to doba poznato po mladoromantičarima koji su ujedno i glavni likovi ovoga romana, poznata autorica Frankensteina Mary Shelley i njen rano preminuli suprug, pjesnik Percy Bysshe Shelley.Radnja [...]


    17. I reviewed Tom-All-Alone’s in March and having enjoyed Charles Maddox’ investigations in London 1850’s, when Corsair offered a proof copy of A Treacherous Likeness, I was eager to find out where his investigations would take us this time. Added to thatMary Wollestonecraft Shelly, Percy Florence Shelley, Mary Wollestonecraft Godwin and William Godwin are interred in St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth (and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s heart is said to be buried there too). The Shelley’s left beh [...]


    18. Our hero Charles Maddox is back, and once again embroiled in some very unsavoury matters. This time he is dragged into the orbit of Mary Shelley. It is not a comfortable place to be. Mary's only surviving son, called Percy after his father, calls upon Maddox's professional services. Maddox pays a visit to the Shelley residence; he meets a man ruled by his wife, a shrine to the Dear Departed Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a case requiring him to act as spy. Someone has some papers concerning the late [...]


    19. This book is written in lovely prose - but I hate its depiction of Mary Shelley which is vicious, malicious and would be positively libellous if written about someone alive today. Shepherd has read the standard biographies, the letters, the journals - and then has chosen to ignore them in creating a monstrous Mary Shelley.Unlike Shepherd's last two books, this doesn't make an intervention into a classic novel, instead it takes on the Shelley `circle' - Shelley, Byron, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairm [...]


    20. In 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 Frankenstein.Charles 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 question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what r [...]


    21. Included at the end of A Fatal Likeness is an author's note that goes into detail about the research and idea for the book. I must say, I appreciate the conception, along with the research and development. The perspective is a visionary undertaking. Undoubtedly, the constructing of this piece was no easy task! However, simply compiling information and arranging neat pieces with good editing does not make a story great. In my opinion, A Fatal Likeness lacks the electricity it truly needs to jolt [...]


    22. I wish the author had given us more of a refresher on the back story of Charles Maddox and his Uncle because though I can remember the mystery and the ending of The Solitary House I don't remember that much about the two of them or how Charles sustained the injury that is referred to at the beginning of this story. I wanted to reread 'The Solitary House' right before picking up 'A Fatal Likeness' but unfortunately, ran out of time to do so.This most recent installment of Charles Maddox's investi [...]


    23. I'm still not sure why I kept reading this book. The characters were silly caricatures of real people, the plot was totally convoluted and I didn't feel any of the suspense I was supposed to, and I just did NOT like the writing style. This gets a full two stars because I somehow still managed to read it all, maybe because as a lit major I was morbidly curious about what Shepherd would have to say about the Shelleys.What bothered me the most about this book is that I really HATED the constant asi [...]


    24. Halverwege het boek heb ik het opgegeven. Ik wachtte op het keerpunt, dat moment waarop een traag verhaal dan toch eindelijk lijkt te vertrekken. Maar dit verhaal leek overal en nergens heen te gaan. Jammer. Misschien later nog eens.


    25. Although I liked the first book, this was a painful, plodding mystery that unfolds through an endless series of decades-old letters that you are forced to read. Ugh.




    26. This is a darkly told tale of Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wives (including Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein), his children and his lovers. I wasn't really interested in Percy Bysshe Shelley when I purchased this novel, but found that I did not want to put it down once started.


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