Last Nocturne

[Epub] Last Nocturne  By Marjorie Eccles – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 409 pages
  • Last Nocturne
  • Marjorie Eccles
  • 06 August 2019
  • 0749080795

About the Author: Marjorie Eccles

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Last Nocturne Beautifully Written And Highly Evocative Of The Bustling Streets Of London And Vienna In The Early Th Century, Last Nocturne Is An Intriguingly Complex Mystery Of Passion, Secrets And Lies

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10 thoughts on “Last Nocturne

  1. Karen says:

    I always think of these books as Jane Austen meets Crime Fiction Which is probably somewhere between extremely unfair and absolutely acceptable depending on your own particular point of view LAST NOCTURNE is from author Marjorie Eccles who is best known in these parts for the Gil Mayo series, which was made into a short TV series that became quite a favourite Whilst Grace Thurley s decision to break off her engagement to a rather pompous local man secretly pleases her mother, moving to Lond I always think of these books as Jane Austen meets Crime Fiction Which is probably somewhere between extremely unfair and absolutely acceptable depending on your own particular point of view LAST NOCTURNE is from author Marjorie Eccles who is best known in these parts for the Gil Mayo series, which was made into a short TV series that became quite a favourite Whilst Grace Thurley s decision to break off her engagement to a rather pompous local man secretly pleases her mother, moving to London to take up the position of paid companion and secretary to Dulcie Martagon is regarded slightlysceptically Dulcie has been recently widowed, when her art gallery owning husband Eliot seemingly committed suicide Whilst there s nothing immediately suspicious about the death of Martagon, why a supposedly contended, slightly conventional man would have taken such extreme action makes no sense to anybody What makes even less sense is the suspected suicide of an up and coming young artist, whose only connection to Martagon seems to be the exhibition of his paintings in Martagon s gallery As Inspector Lamb digs it seems that young Theo Benton s death isn t so easily written off as suicide Meanwhile a connection to Vienna and the mysterious widow of independent means Isobel Amberly indicates that all was not as it seemed in Eliot Martagon s life, regardless of what his widow may think.Set in 1909 this is a very classically styled tale with a lot of traditional elements The son, Guy Martagon has to fall for the quietly competent paid companion Grace, although the romance doesn t get going until much later in the book The young daughter of the household has to be a little bit of a tear away at some stage Dulcie Martagon has to be just a little bit not quite right for her station in life and poor Eliot has to be, well poor Eliot I guess There are some twists from the expected though, and the reader is taken into the life of Eliot, in particular, his time in Vienna as well as that of Louise Amberly The police investigation into the deaths runs alongside the various family machinations until all is revealed.There s just a little touch of spice, although nothing risky or questionable for readers who prefer things on the slightlychaste side, but overall the book has quite a feeling of the time and society in which it is set Having said that, this is not my preferred sort of reading fare, and I will confess I struggled enormously with the predictability of much of the ancillary story lines the romance and the high and mighty attitude of Dulcie come to mind immediately But that s very much a personal reaction and I suspect that readers who are not adverse to a little romance will find the intrigue around Eliot s life extremely satisfying Add to that a little feeling of the tensions and difficulties of Vienna in that period of history and this could be just the book for fans of this sort of historical crime fiction

  2. LJ says:

    LAST NOCTURNE Police Proc CI Lamb, England Vienna, Edwardian G Eccles, Marjorie standaloneAllison Busby, Ltd., UK Hardcover, 2008 ISBN 9780749080792First Sentence The child wakes in panic and sits bolt upright up in bed, clutching the cotton stuff of her nightgown to her chest.Art gallery owner Eliot Martagon seemed to be content with his life Theo Benton is an up and coming artist, some of whose paintings are displayed in Martagon s gallery Each man apparently commits suicide LAST NOCTURNE Police Proc CI Lamb, England Vienna, Edwardian G Eccles, Marjorie standaloneAllison Busby, Ltd., UK Hardcover, 2008 ISBN 9780749080792First Sentence The child wakes in panic and sits bolt upright up in bed, clutching the cotton stuff of her nightgown to her chest.Art gallery owner Eliot Martagon seemed to be content with his life Theo Benton is an up and coming artist, some of whose paintings are displayed in Martagon s gallery Each man apparently commits suicide but neither leaves a note The circumstances, and the results of one autopsy, raise enough questions in the mind of Chief Inspector Lamb to investigate the reasons for these acts The common person, in the investigation, seems to be Mrs Isobel Amberley and event which took place in Vienna.There was a lot in this book that didn t feel historically accurate to me Not so much the basic history, but the social considerations seemed off Still in all, it was a good story I did like the characters, particularly Isobel, and was intrigued by the way in which the story unfolded It took me awhile to get into the story and figure out the link between the various characters The form is certainly not that of a traditional police procedural Once the pieces started coming together, I was captivated and didn t stop reading until the end It was a better than good read, but, not having written this immediately after reading the book, I did find it hard to remember I don t see myself readingof her work

  3. Nancy Quatrano says:

    This book, released in 2008 by the Minotaur imprint of St Martin s book, might be an older mystery, but thankfully it was given to me by a friend when she cleaned house and I m very glad I got to read this With a prologue that made me think of Mary Higgins Clark, and the carefully built patches reminiscent of Lee Child s method that eventually are tied together with a common thread to make a fascinating quilt, this was not a carefree read, but one that reintroduced me to the wonder of taking This book, released in 2008 by the Minotaur imprint of St Martin s book, might be an older mystery, but thankfully it was given to me by a friend when she cleaned house and I m very glad I got to read this With a prologue that made me think of Mary Higgins Clark, and the carefully built patches reminiscent of Lee Child s method that eventually are tied together with a common thread to make a fascinating quilt, this was not a carefree read, but one that reintroduced me to the wonder of taking my time to read, savor, contemplate, and participate in the solving of the puzzle As an editor and author usually on deadline, it s a challenge for me to read a book for pure enjoyment or to relax and savor the writing, the characters and the story just because I can I m so blessed that my friend thought to bequeath this very interesting novel to me I recommend Last Nocturne to anyone who really enjoys a slow burning mystery that educates and entertains, as well as touches your heart I can t express my delight with this story enough I m heading to the library tomorrow to find

  4. George says:

    Mystery set from 1887 1909 with most of the action taking place in the last couple of years The story moves back and forth between London and Vienna and involves the interaction of several characters It starts as a couple of stories which blend together as the novel progresses The mystery involves an event in Vienna and the deaths of two men in London.It started a bit slow for me and the moving around between different characters and jumping between London and Vienna were off putting to me Mystery set from 1887 1909 with most of the action taking place in the last couple of years The story moves back and forth between London and Vienna and involves the interaction of several characters It starts as a couple of stories which blend together as the novel progresses The mystery involves an event in Vienna and the deaths of two men in London.It started a bit slow for me and the moving around between different characters and jumping between London and Vienna were off putting to me However, the story became muchinteresting to me about 75% of the way through as the climax approached

  5. Taracuda says:

    This was a start in the middle and work your way out sort of book, but it never lost me as the story unfolded There was a nice combination of history and mystery with just enough love thrown in And melancholy, too Parts of the plot were a bit contrived, but the elements were woven together completely enough that I m not sure if all of the story would have been told without them I did expect the police detectives to playof a role than they did, largely because I liked their characters a This was a start in the middle and work your way out sort of book, but it never lost me as the story unfolded There was a nice combination of history and mystery with just enough love thrown in And melancholy, too Parts of the plot were a bit contrived, but the elements were woven together completely enough that I m not sure if all of the story would have been told without them I did expect the police detectives to playof a role than they did, largely because I liked their characters and wanted to seeof them

  6. Cathy says:

    This is the 2nd book by this author I ve read, mostly because I love her descriptive style of writing but like the other title, I find her a bit long winded The jumps between characters, countries,a dn even decades as a mechanism to flesh out backstory and fill in clues is too much for me I read to relax Another reviewer described this as Jane Austen meets crime fiction I think it s a prefect summary Great historical writing, interesting mystery, just about 3 chapters overwritten.

  7. Rhonda says:

    while i liked it mostly, i can t say i loved it the story was very intricate, taking place in the past and the present and in two different countries with many, many characters at times, i felt bogged down sometimes there seemed to be too many details and it dragged i ll consider trying another of her books she has good critical acclaim, so another chance seems appropriate.

  8. Amy Paget says:

    A British detective procedural with LOTS of atmosphere Set in pre world war I London and Vienna, Marjorie Eccles produces a mystery where the new trends in art and the new roles for women play a prominent role I think I enjoyed this most for the manner in which the tempestuous trends in the early 20th century art world play into the mystery If it s about the art worldI will read it

  9. Terri says:

    The story is set in the early 1900 s in England, with side trips to the past in Vienna Slowly, very much so, the story evolves Starting with 2 apparent, unconnected suicides, friends, family and a policeman discover what really happened in Vienna, and how involved the two deaths Second read of this, and it was difficult to get through.

  10. Susan says:

    There seems no connection between the unexplained suicide of a respectable art dealer and that of an impecunious artist As Chief Inspector Lamb threads his way through the high and low points of Edwardian London, he finds all links lead back to a mysterious woman and child who have left Vienna for England after a strange death, shrouded in mystery.