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Negative Exposure (The Clearwater Mysteries Book 9) Kindle Edition
Silas Hawkins, once a trickster from the slums, is now the public face of the Clearwater Foundation. As London society gathers to celebrate its success, and Prince Albert Victor considers becoming its new patron, life for Archer, Silas and the crew could not be better.
But everyone has a past, especially Silas, a man ripe for blackmail.
Photographs, demands, a dead photographer and a mystery amid the influenza pandemic of 1889, it falls to James, Silas and Fecker to find the blackmailer before Silas’ sordid past leads to public downfall.
But then Silas disappears, and all James has is a burnt letter, a missing railway timetable and a man with two names. He also has Fecker, and together, they must race to solve the riddle and find Silas before he kills either the blackmailer or himself.
Negative Exposure is the ninth Clearwater Mystery. The series blends fact with fiction, mystery with adventure, love with lust, and is best read in order. (You'll get more from this book and book ten if you have read the non-mystery prequel, 'Banyak & Fecks'.)
- ASIN : B08XJVD11H
- Language : English
- File size : 2314 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 590,152 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The books bring the old London to life. The boarded up houses of my youth are now posh but through Jackson Marsh I can take myself back. The evidence of that slum life still existed in my youth and my family had grown up in those same streets.
Silas lived in those streets with Andrej and they share a bond but fate had smiled and Archer had found them and saved them. Silas no longer had to worry, he was loved, safe and happy. The past he so wanted to forget then comes back to scare him. He is again a renter from the slums who does not deserve what he has. Does Jimmy think that he is just a street whore too? Silas will not drag friends down with him, he will leave his two greatest loves behind. One in ignorance and one who will follow him to try and save him from himself. Silas has good friends, he just needs to trust them and forgive himself.
I am sorry the next book is the last and sincerely hope that Archer does not need the book last seen bobbing out to sea along with something very important. It is not good to keep secrets, they have a way of coming out when least expected or wanted.
After the successful gala at Henry Irvings, Lyceum Theatre, Archer has high hopes that Prince Albert Victor will consider sponsoring the Clearwater Foundation to aid the Cheap Street Mission. With many of Archer’s acquaintances and the Clearwater crew in attendance they are treated to meeting Prince Victor.
But the next day a darkness has set over Clearwater with several issues. Dr. Markland has brought the global epidemic to Archer’s attention. Archer want’s everyone moved out of Clearwater and relocated to the secluded, Larkspur mansion in the country.
Silas, James (Jimmy) and Andrej (Fecker) have made it clear they would not be leaving with the others. Silas has confided in James and Andrej about incriminating evidence and a note that was found in his coat pocket. The note can definitely take down Archer, his foundation, the mission and everyone involved. Silas, James and Andrej are keeping it a secret and have plans to investigate and bring this dastardly issue to an end.
Then news comes from Paris about Archer’s Mother, who has taken ill. Archer has already made up his mind to take Thomas with him and it leaves Silas with doubts and hurt feelings.
As the investigation becomes more complicated, Silas becomes misunderstood by a request that he makes of James. When James explains the situation to Andrej, Andrej has to make James understand certain aspects about Silas. Living a dissolute life on Cheap Street with Andrej in their younger years, Silas felt he didn’t contribute enough to their survival and made a decision that has come back to haunt him with blackmail.
As James and Andrej keep up the investigation their time is running short as they were supposed to leave for Larkspur in a few days. But now there’s even a bigger mystery falling into James’ and Andrej’s lap, what has happened to Silas? With blame, guilt and shame resting heavily on Silas’s shoulders he makes a decision to save the reputation of all involved.
When all are hopefully reunited at Larkspur what temptations and secrets will be told or kept secret forever?
Jackson Marsh does it again and delivers another action packed, suspenseful mystery to this spectacular series. Marsh focuses on an epidemic that will have all the residents of Clearwater uprooted and birds are back in the picture, where names changed as time went on and photography.
Again, Andrej (Fecker) plays a big part and aids James in the investigation into blackmail. There’s many facts about the laws on mail nudity in photographs, opposed to written word and female nudity. What really intrigues me about this series there’s alway interesting subject matter from the eighteen century.
I highly recommend the entire “Clearwater Mysteries” series! The cover designs by the talented Andjela K are fantastic, especially on “Negative Exposure”.
Really excited about the next “Clearwater Mysteries” installment and that will make the final book ten. “The Power of Ten” sounded like a very good title but it looks like Jackson Marsh is going with “The Clearwater Inheritance”. I will be hanging on by a thread to see how this all plays out!