The Hourglass Factory

The Hourglass Factory

Large Print - 2016
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London, 1912. The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret. Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory? From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410489807
Branch Call Number: LT M RIBCHES LUCY
Characteristics: pages cm
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Nov 29, 2018

I respectfully disagree with the negative reviews. I found the novel to have interesting character development and plot development; I did not anticipate the plot twists the way I do with some mysteries. I also admired and appreciated the vivid evocation of life in early twentieth-century London. The author unites research and creativity to bring together a series of interesting threads (women's suffrage, marginalized persons in the metropolis, playing with gender identity, and a bit about policing). I highly recommend this novel and I hope that the author will write more. The section at the end where she discusses her research and her writing process were helpful for a reader newly curious about this time in British history.

Jan 04, 2017

Too girlie-girlie for me, like the chitchat in a Victorian novel. Had to stop after a few pages. And yes, I agree with another commenter that the book could use heavy help from an editor.

Jan 03, 2017

A female reporter struggles to get her story and save lives at the same times just before WWI. With suffragists, London and a trapeze artist I guess I expected more but none of it really rung true though it did inspire me to look further into the world of suffragists.

May 06, 2016

The author needs more experience, and a better editor. Frequently feels like you're reading a bad translation from another language. She has a poor grasp of being able to describe situations so that they are understandable, and often seems to forget narrative flow altogether. The character of the trapeze artist is more annoying than interesting. It gets worse toward the end where it felt like the author might have been ill, or her ability to write just began to fail altogether.

Nov 12, 2015

Although the topic is of interest, this novel fails to come through. Lacks punch and vivid character and plot development. Plot lurches at times and skips crucial information to bridge the gaps.
Could have been edited down at least 100 more pages.


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