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Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: An Inquirers Mystery | T. A. Willberg
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They were a band of mysterious private detectives who lived beneath the streets of London in a labyrinth of twisted tunnels and ancient hallways, the entrance to which no one had ever found. The Inquirers were something of a myth, a whispered legend that may or may not exist, depending on whom you asked. They were like ghosts, some said, these sleuths who guarded the city... London, 1958: Elaborately disguised and hidden deep beneath the city's streets lies the world of Miss Brickett's, a secret detective agency, training and housing the mysterious Inquirers. From traversing deceptive escape rooms full of baited traps and hidden dangers, to engineering almost magical mechanical gadgets, apprentice detectives at Miss Brickett's undergo rigorous training to equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need to solve the mysteries that confound London's police force. But nothing can prepare 23-year-old apprentice Marion Lane for what happens after the arrest of her friend and mentor Frank on suspicion of murder: he has tasks Marion with clearing his name and saving his life. Her investigation will place Marion and her friends in great peril as they venture beyond The Border and into the forbidden maze of uncharted tunnels that surround Miss Brickett's. Being discovered out of bounds means immediate dismissal, but that is the least of Marion's problems when she discovered that the tunnels contain more than just secrets... Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is the first installation fantastical mystery series that will delight fans of Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series and JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe.
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SilverShanica
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A fun murder mystery featuring a hidden society of private investigators, amazing gadgets and a fun cast of characters. I ordered this because it sounded fun - a little heavier than a cozy mystery, but not as gritty as a procedural. Plus a little bit of “steampunk lite” thrown in. Overall a fantastic read.

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Bookzombie
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I enjoyed this and have already put the second book on hold; but was this originally some sort of Harry Potter fan fiction? There is no magic, but I spent a great deal of the book thinking about who/what felt like HP rather than solving the mystery. #Booked2022 #amurdermystery

Cinfhen Interesting!! I tend to do that sometimes too when I‘m reading a retelling/ reimagining 3mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Yes, I saw a blurb that said something about Harry Potter so that may have put it in my head. 3mo
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Amie
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Re-read this because I needed a refresher before reading book 2. I love series but have a terrible time remembering what happened in the last book!

Still liked this one the 2nd time around, so onto the next!

Bookzombie I‘m listening to this one currently. 4mo
Amie @Bookzombie I hope you like it! 4mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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The overall idea of a hidden secret detective agency is fascinating with great scope for development, so it was surprising that at times it was a bit like wading through treacle. Hopefully the next case will be a bit more dynamic with a faster pace as the elements for a great series are all there. 3.5🌟

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4395519989

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But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life did not wait for the grieving.

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puzzledbooks
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This is a fun read, and I enjoyed the Marion character. Her relationship with her grandmother, especially, helped to create her into a 3D character. But: I find that the majority of other characters began to blend together. Besides Marion and her grandmother, I had a hard time remembering other characters & the who of who they were. Overall, this was a fun mystery read (with a dash of fantasy), & a pretty good introduction to a series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5

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julesG
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Good mystery. Hard to put a definite genre on this. I was wondering whether it's historical urban fantasy.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
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betsyhaddox
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Fun and imaginative! For some reason when I was thinking just now of how to describe it I came up with “like hogwarts for adults, but instead of a secret world of wizards, it is a secret world of sleuths” and I‘m stuck on that description, though I don‘t think it‘s perfect. I think this is a good book to enjoy and not think too much about. :)

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BlueMoonJ
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It was a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nothing really special. I wouldn‘t pick it up again. I was hoping for something along the lines of Neil Gaiman Neverwhere. So much that could have been done with underground London.

#mystery

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Laughterhp
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This book was okay. The mystery was intriguing and the whole underground secret investigative service was pretty cool. However, I kept mixing up the characters and not knowing who was who. Marion was a good main character, but I felt like she definitely freezed up a lot for being a recruit. Almost like she didn‘t know what she was getting herself into. I‘m assuming this is a series but I don‘t know if it‘s one I‘ll continue on with.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Well narrated on audiobook. Slow to start, fun in the middle, end was meh. #Audiobook

ChasingOm This reminded me that my digital hold came in and I needed to claim it! Thanks! 1y
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Jolynne
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Fun mystery with a twist of fantasy. I do have to say the ending was a bummer.

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MamaGina
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This was an enjoyable tale, a nice bit of escapism. It ended in a way that made it obvious a series is planned. I‘m not sure I‘ll continue with the next installment—so many series, so little time—but it was definitely a solid, entertaining debut.⭐️⭐️⭐️

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bookishdawg
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This was the first box I ordered from the “Treat Your Shelf” subscription service provided by the indie bookstore The Book Shelf in Thomasville, Georgia... and I‘m really glad I ordered 3 months worth. Fun, quirky mystery with a strong female protagonist set in 1950s London. Perfect!! ❤️👍🏻

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Ncostell
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I just received my first book from my shelf subscription that my husband bought me for Christmas from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. The Bookshelf‘s podcast From the Front Porch is one of my favorites so this was a fun way to support them. I love a good mystery so this looks like it will be right up my alley. #thebookshelf

BookishMarginalia I really enjoyed it! 1y
Kappadeemom I love the Bookshelf! It‘s not far from my hometown ❤️ 1y
Ncostell @BookishMarginalia That‘s good to hear! I hadn‘t heard anything about this book prior to receiving it but it looks intriguing. 1y
Ncostell @Kappadeemom Lucky you! I would love to visit it one day but it‘s awfully far from CT unfortunately. Maybe some day! 1y
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PatriciaU
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This one shot to the top of my TBR list on Netgalley. Reminiscent of The Invisible Library with a bit of Bletchley Circle stirred in. Good so far....

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BookishMarginalia
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Loved this mystery set in 1958 Britain — Marion Lane is a first-year apprentice in a secret underground inquiry agency with lots of steampunk gadgetry thrown in for good measure. Great fun! A #jólabókaflóð #Jolabokaflod gift from @WanderingBookaneer #BonBonCat #CatsofLitsy

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LaceyDoesLit
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