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von Michael Cox

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Taking a job as a Victorian lady's maid in the household of baroness Tansor, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst hides the truth about her mission to uncover her mistress's secrets about a past injustice that has affected Esperanza's own life. By the author of The Meaning of Night.
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    Die Frau in Weiss von Wilkie Collins (sskwire)
    sskwire: The greatest novel by one of the greatest Victorian suspense writers. I suspect Cox is a huge fan, and anyone who likes his work won't be able to put down "The Woman in White."
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    In der Mitte der Nacht von Michael Cox (historycycles)
    historycycles: "The Meaning of Night" is required reading in order to enjoy "The Glass of Time," which is the sequel.
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Interesting, slow paced, somewhat predictable. ( )
  bookczuk | Jun 4, 2019 |
This is a sequel to The Meaning of Night which I read a few years ago and absolutely loved. I was wary of reading this book too soon because I feared I'd be disappointed, but I definitely was not. This is a historical mystery that kept me reading for hours on end and I finished it with mixed feelings: sad that it was finished but greatly satisfied on the reading-side. This definitely is my kind of guilty-pleasure / leisure-book! ( )
  Trifolia | Mar 15, 2018 |
I was interrupted a lot while reading this book, and so it didn't flow as well for me as his first book. Some find the style annoying, because he builds suspense but then goes on with descriptions or comments and you just want to find out what happens! I did find myself skimming sometime to get to the resulting action, and then going back to enjoy the writing style.
If it comes out as a book on CD I would like to listen to it.
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  KylaS | Feb 18, 2016 |
It was a mistake to wait several years after reading "The Meaning of Night" by the late Michael Cox before starting his other novel, "The Glass of Time." I hadn't realized the second book continued the story of the first, but from a different perspective. The perspective of the first is that of a killer in 19th century England who explains in great deal the how and why of his crime. The second novel is told from the point of view of his daughter, Esperanza Gorst, who knows nothing at first of her father or his crime.

Esperanza, directed by her guardian, takes a position as lady's maid to a mysterious and beautiful widow called the Lady Tansor. This woman may herself have been involved in one or more murders. Now Esperanza is told to earn the lady's love and trust and ultimately to try to marry her oldest son, thus eventually becoming the next baroness herself.

The novel is long and extremely complex, with secrets revealed and mysteries unraveled in virtually every chapter. We discover, as Esperanza does, that she is not just continuing her father's story but also pursuing the same objectives.

I don't rate this as highly as the first novel. Even for the Victorian novel it purports to be, it is just too convoluted and unconvincing. It still makes good reading, however. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Feb 15, 2016 |
I'm a bit disappointed in this follow-up to THE MEANING OF NIGHT, my favorite book of 2006. I recommend reading that book before reading this book. Otherwise, I think one would become confused with all the information thats crammed in at the end of this story, apparently in order to make more sense of the storyline. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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Taking a job as a Victorian lady's maid in the household of baroness Tansor, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst hides the truth about her mission to uncover her mistress's secrets about a past injustice that has affected Esperanza's own life. By the author of The Meaning of Night.

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