Date: October 30, 2002
097027274X - Limited edition
Benjamin Franklin Award
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Mystery / Historical (England & France, 1715)
Blue Satan Mystery Series, No. 2
have been anticipating the sequel of the Blue Satan series. Every
time I passed my bookshelf and caught sight of the first book, I
wished the sequel a speedy appearance. Well, once it arrived, I
couldn’t help but wonder if The Spider’s Touch
would hold up to the success of The Birth of Blue Satan.
series left off with Hester working for her cousin, Isabella. Isabella
is married to Harrowby, the man given Viscount St. Mars’s
title and estates. In this job, Hester is forced to witness her
family’s abuse and waste while living the high life.
St. Mars (Blue Satan) is in France. He’s been given the impression
that his father was murdered for political reasons and that his
loss of lands and title was because he wasn’t a Whig. Politics
play a large role in this series.
In France, the Marquise Oglethrope
arrives to seek Gideon’s aid in helping The Pretender (James
Stuart) take the throne of England. Gideon agrees to carry messages
to England, but with stipulations, one being a full pardon. Gideon
heads back to England to meet a Duke and discover his plans for
the uprising in James’s favor.
are bounced between Gideon and Hester as they deal with the positions
they have been forced into since the last book. While in England,
Gideon will not seek out Hester for fear of bringing trouble on
her. That is, until he spots her and Isabella at a spy’s home.
It’s dangerous, but the two are nonetheless excited to meet
again. Later a web of intrigue and politics turns to murder, involving
the sequel does live up to its predecessor. The Spider’s
Touch unfolds slowly, meticulously, revealing layer upon layer.
The historical period and the characters come to life in one’s
mind through descriptions, mannerisms and historical details. These
are so vivid one can almost hear horses’ hooves on the street
and the deep rumbling of male voices, discussing politics.
Ms. Wynn has created a series uniquely
her own. With The Spider’s Touch, she has increased
the chances of this series becoming a classic.