Posted by: Lizzie Ross | December 9, 2011

Bittersweet revenge

Montmorency’s Revenge (2006), Eleanor Updale, 289 pp.

You may recall from my post about the wickedly complex Montmorency (is he good? is he bad? is he a clever combination of the two?), in this series the good guys don’t always win.

What I didn’t say was that Updale left us at the end of the third book with the death of a major character and the murderer’s escape to join his anarchist buddies in America.

This last chapter of the series begins with Queen Victoria on her deathbed and those same anarchists planning an explosive gesture for the funeral cortege. It’s looking bad for world leaders, but Montmorency and his team of anarchy fighters are on the case.

Although not as satisfying as the previous three books, Updale whips us through London and New York at the start of the 20th century, revealing the nasty parts as well as the nice. And at the end of this one, Montmorency’s future is looking somewhat brighter.

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