The Infidel Stain

The Infidel Stain

M.J. Carter / Sep 21, 2019

The Infidel Stain Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M J Carter s lauded fiction debut The Strangler Vine London Returned from their adventures in India Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both

  • Title: The Infidel Stain
  • Author: M.J. Carter
  • ISBN: 9780399171680
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M J Carter s lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine London, 1841 Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India Then aBlake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M J Carter s lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine London, 1841 Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London s gutter press forces them back together The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all In the back streets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land

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        M J Carter, biographer, historian and thriller writer, was educated at St Paul s Girls School and Exeter College, Oxford She worked as a publisher and journalist before beginning research on her biography of Anthony Blunt in 1994 She lives in London with her husband and two sons Anthony Blunt His lives 2001 , her first book, won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Orwell Prize, and was shortlisted for many other prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread Biography Award In the US it was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the seven best books of 2002 Her second book, The Three Emperors US title, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm , was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the LA Time Biography prize and the Hesse Tiltman History prize In 2014 her first thriller, The Strangler Vine, the first in a series set in the first years f Queen Victoria s reign, will be published The second in the series, The Infidel Stain, is due for publication in January 2015.


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    1. This is the much anticipated sequel to, “The Strangler Vine,” which featured Jeremiah Blake and William Avery. This book takes place three years after the events in India, which saw Blake and Avery embroiled in a search for the poet Xavier Mountstuart. Indeed, the artist Benjamin Haydon, has a painting of, “The Death of Mountstuart,” on display in London – making a martyr of the poet. Our heroes are now back in England. Captain Avery is living in Devon with his wife and Blake is in Lon [...]


    2. Absolutely superb. At least as good as The Strangler Vine. Such a strong account of early Victorian social injustice as well as an incredibly vivid tour of its London streets. Our heroes Avery and Blake, as before, make perfect guides to this fascinating time and place. Beautifully written. A book of the year for me.


    3. I did not read the first in this series but it really didnt matter. An excellent historical crime fiction novel. Full review to follow.


    4. This is the second book in a series featuring Captain William Avery and inquiry agent Jeremiah Blake. It is not necessary to have read the first book of the series before reading this book. The events take place 3 years after the end of "The Strangler Vine," when the two protagonists become reacquainted at a pub catering to Indian sailors. The philanthropist Viscount Allington wants to hire Blake and Avery to investigate two, seemingly motiveless, grisly murders among the poor of London.The book [...]


    5. Loved the first in the series, and this one does it justice and more.These are complicated and intensive books. This one is included, of course, in who-dun-it genre -but I would not consider it kin to 90% of all the others in that vast group. These are extreme in detail and often dialect in class level language. And yet the historical fiction trend for place, character and descriptions aspects cover the "case" element of/ in the book. Completely. The dichotomy of the difference between the style [...]


    6. For the map of the locations in the book Booktrail of The Infidel StainBlake and Avery who we met in The Strangler Vine, are now on the trail of a murderer in 1840s London…amidst politics, printing and porn.Story in a nutshellFollowing on from the events in India of The Strangler Vine in which they searched for the poet Xavier Mountstuart, Blake and Avery are now back in England. Captain Avery lives in Devon and is visiting London when he finds Blake in less than pleasant surroundings and not [...]


    7. Read it for the history, not for the mystery. The plot of this book dragged quite a bit until I learned to let go of the plot and just enjoy the history the author had so clearly researched. I didn't read the first Avery and Blake book, so this was my first introduction, and it worked well -- there were no missing pieces I felt I needed. That being said, I really didn't like any of the characters, and while there are those who would argue that you don't have to like the characters to read the bo [...]


    8. It's been three years since Jeremiah Blake and bibliophile William Avery teamed up in India for what was one of the most enjoyable books I've read recently (The Strangler Vine) -- getting in on the ground floor as it were of a new series. The Infidel Stain takes us to London in the early 1840s, into the orbit of publishers and pornographers, dissidents and rebels. Oh, and of course, murder. It's one of those novels that just oozes with atmosphere of dank and dark London, after a terrifying time [...]


    9. The Infidel Stain opens in London about three years after the events in India that brought William Avery and Jeremiah Blake together in The Strangler Vine. Avery has distinguished himself in the Afghan Wars and sold his commission, returning to England and purchasing a small estate. It seems that even though his reason for returning is ostensibly his wife's pregnancy the marriage itself is unhappy. A summons to London from the enigmatic Blake is most welcome; Avery is restless and bored. He disc [...]


    10. I must admit that I was disappointed when I started this sequel to The Strangler Vines. One of the things that drew me to the first book of the series was the location - Colonial India. The Infidel Stain opens with Captain William Avery newly returned to Victorian England where he reunites with Jeremiah Blake in London. I've read a ton of period mysteries set in this location and around this same time period. I missed the freshness of a historical fiction mystery set elsewhere. Jem Blake is now [...]


    11. 2.5 stars. I am so glad that's over with. Having enjoyed, The Strangler Vine, I was really looking forward to reading this novel. My excitement over another Avery and Blake mystery was short-lived.I feel like the author could do away with Avery and the book would have been much better. I think I would much rather read a mystery featuring Blake by himself than have to deal with Avery bumbling along for 300+ pages. There was no character development. Any chemistry that the two men may have develop [...]


    12. Blake and Avery are back in England now, both somewhat the worse for wear, and though I did enjoy this book, relocating the duo to London made me miss the rich variety of Indian history and culture in the first book. So many other mystery series take place in historical London, it's hard for any of them to stand out. I did like learning more about the Chartists and other social agitators, but the interaction between Blake and Avery is starting to wear thin on me.


    13. Another mystery firmly grounded in complex historical events, this time the failed Chartist movement in London. Good to see Avery and Blake together again. I want more of their personal lives in the next book, especially Avery's wife and his country life. I'm hoping we're in Devon for the next novel.



    14. 4.5.>[List of food in this book]<Okay, I think I need to reread chapters 19 & 20. Got a bit lost on who and for what reasons were doing the blackmail or being blackmailed lol. (UPDATED: Have finished rereading the entire book. Not lost anymore xP)BTW, I honestly think Avery will eventually get a divorceDo feel free to read my status updates, I've made my distaste for Avery very loud and clear. Not sure if I can muster a more detailed review.Anyways, it's been a while since my high scho [...]


    15. Enjoyable and well plotted, but perhaps a little too obvious. For once I worked out who the murderer was before the big reveal. I loved all the historical detail, though. M. J. Carter's books are always thoroughly researched.



    16. Grizzly murders done as religious icons and tied in with 19th-century radical English politics -- what more could one ask for?


    17. I like a book where the time and place are a character unto themselves. This is such a book. Holmes and Jack the Ripper would be at home in Carter's Victorian London.


    18. Key charactersJeremiah Blake and William Averyey were connected in the first book of this serieswhich I did not read. They are working together again in this book. They are investigators. They are kind of unique and kind of odd and seemingly devoid of normal humor but they are extremely passionate. WellI think Blake might have a teeny tiny little bit of a sarcastic edgeybe. AndAvery seems a bit more compassionate. SettingsThis book and this series takes place in London1841but it's the London of [...]


    19. I enjoyed Carter's first Blake and Avery mystery, The Strangler Vine, with its exotic Indian setting, but I wondered how I would like this second book with both men back in London. I need not have worried. Carter is positively Dickensian in her description of the poor sections of the city; they came to life before my eyes. There was even a tiny scene in which Dickens appeared that made me smile. Those few words brought the man to life in a way that biographies never have.In The Infidel Stain, we [...]


    20. The pace, astringency and restraint which made 'The Strangler Vine' such an outstanding read are sadly almost completely absent from this sequel.A hackneyed plot, (an unfortunate mixture of 'From Hell' and Barbara Taylor Bradford), creaks under clunking swathes of exposition - mostly in the form of interminable dialogue. Sometimes it feels as if peripheral characters have been invented purely to be a mouthpiece for set speeches. If I want a lecture on Chartism, I'll read a history book.The Victo [...]


    21. This novel is set in Victorian london, it revolves around the murder of two printing presses of London and the law enforcement has not become overly involved in the case, as it happens to be taking place in the lowly parts of the city. So, Blake and Avery are called into investigate the matter. With two men dead, and two families mourning the loss of a loved one, many many questions arise. Why hasn't the law become involved, what is going?This is the second book in the series and I hadn't read t [...]


    22. Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have returned to London after living in India for a number of years. Since the police refuse to investigate, they are asked by Lord Allington to look into a series of murders of small publishers who are known to publish pornography. As they dig deep into the underbelly of 1840’s London it becomes apparent that whoever is doing the murders is being protected by someone higher up. Blake is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery even if it means his own li [...]


    23. This is a fascinating historical mystery series that while being very reminiscent of the Sherlock Holmes titles, brings its own charm to the story. The author Miranda Carter who has a very neutral pen-name of M.J. Carter, with her brilliant characterization makes this story come alive. I was a big fan of the previous title which was set in India and this book takes us back to Victorian England where life is cruel, and stark. The main protagonists Blake & Avery have grown from their preceding [...]


    24. Overall, I definitely like this one better than the first. There was much more going on. Pros:I'm impressed by the author's historical accuracy and details. She clearly knows her stuff. I also enjoy that the a lot of the themes of this novel mirror currently relevant societal problems. Cons:I still don't like Avery. The murderer was very, very obvious.


    25. A lot of the main character being a wide eyed rube, and a much less interesting setting than the first book in the series.



    26. Carter's first foray into fiction was her 2014 THE STRANGLER VINE, a historical mystery set in late 1830s India, in which she introduced us to her version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Jeremiah Blake and Captain William Avery. Blake and younger man William meet for the first time in that story, when Blake, an ex-soldier now in disgrace but still admired for his uncanny abilities, and Avery, a young rather clueless soldier, are both recruited to find missing British poet Xavier Mountstuart, [...]


    27. "The Infidel Stain" is the second book in Carter's Blake and Avery historical crime series, set in the 1800s, and starring the unlikely duo of Jeremiah Blake, a somewhat bohemian free thinker, and William Avery, a very proper young English gentleman. The first book took place in India and so richly described the culture and environment that you can almost feel the heat and see the vivid colors. This book moves the pair to London and once again, Carter's details add real dimension to the story. T [...]


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