Point of Honour

Point of Honour

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On the mean streets of Regency London, a truly different adventure-with an unforgettable heroine
In a Regency London that isn't quite the one we know, young women of family whose reputations have been ruined are known as the Fallen. Young Sarah Tolerance is one such: a daughter of the nobility who ran away with her brother's fencing-master. Now that the fencing-master has died, everyone expects her to earn her living as a whore.
But Sarah is unwilling. Instead, she invents a new role for herself, and a new vocation: "investigative agent." For Sarah, with her equivocal position in society, is able to float between social layers, unearth secrets, find things that were lost, and lose things too dangerous to be kept. Her stock in trade is her wits, her discretion, and her expertise with the smallsword -- for her fencing-master taught her that as well.
She will need all her skills soon, when she is approached by an agent of the Count Verseillon, for a task that seems routine: reclaim an antique fan he once gave to "a lady with brown eyes." The fan, he tells her, is an heirloom; the lady, his first love. But as Sarah Tolerance unravels the mystery that surrounds the fan, she discovers that she--and the Count--are not the only ones seeking it, and that nothing about this task is what it seems.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312872021
031287202X
Branch Call Number: MF ROBINS, MADELEINE
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 22 cm.

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bookmaster5000 Feb 03, 2010

Point of honour (this is the correct spelling) by Madeleine Robins (bib 1097265) Imagine a character from Jane Austen’s novels falls in with the wrong man, and doesn’t quite get married. With her lover now dead, and her family forsaken her, she is on her own. To support herself she takes up the position as a person of inquiry, discreetly of course. This is the first of the Sarah Tolerance mysteries and is chock full of political intrigue. The historical backdrop is very interesting, giving some insight into what it would have been like to be on your own in England in the early 1800’s. Staff picks 2010

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