The second book in the Sir John Fielding series was every bit as good as the first. Jeremy narrowly misses being a victim in the Grub Street Massacre; and, therefore, becomes a member of Sir John's household and Sir John's assistant. He also gains a friend to teach him the street smarts and lingo that he needs to survive in the part of London where Sir John's court is located. Together the two boys help to piece together the means of stopping the perpetrators of the Grub Street Massacre. Jeremy also learns that he's not an adult yet, so he is expected not to carry firearms or be responsible for Sir John's decisions to put himself in danger in order to see to a conclusion his strategy to trap the murderers--even if the end result is successful.
Quite disappointing, this is the second book of the Sir John Fielding series. Unlike in Blind Justice, the guilty party is quite discernible since the beginning of the book, which loses its charm. I guess Alexander lost his mojo. (I hope he recovered it in Watery Grave!) Yet, young Proctor helps pick up the pace and kept me entertained, especially with the (too brief) hilarious appearances of street-savvy Jimmy Bunkins; I hoped against all hope Bunkins would have more involvement in the story, but unfortunately he did not. Several historical facts where trod by Alexander. The Magdalene Home for Penitent Prostitutes was actually the Magdalene Hospital and was created years prior to the story, in 1758. While Sir John Fielding married after his wife died—too soon after, that is—it was not to Katherine Durham, but to Mary Sedgley. Perhaps these extreme changes disenchanted me with the story? The fact is, I am not sure if I will read book three.
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