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The Sleeping Partner (Sarah Tolerance Book 3) by [Robins, Madeleine E.]
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The Sleeping Partner heralds the return of the serene and self-reliant Miss Sarah Tolerance, Fallen Woman and Agent of Inquiry. This time, Miss Tolerance is seeking not a missing trinket or the solution to a crime, but a living person - a young gentlewoman who has vanished from under her wealthy family’s roof, apparently bent on a scandalous elopement with a mysterious man whom nobody knows. Her elder sister is desperate to find and forgive her - and Sarah, haunted by the similarities between this girl’s story and her own, is determined to assist - but with nothing to go on but a false name and a small sketched portrait, the case is proving her most difficult yet.

As the search intensifies, Miss Tolerance must adversaries who will stop at nothing to keep her from finding the girl. And, more than she had ever expected, the mystery surrounding this young woman so like and yet so unlike herself forces Miss Tolerance to confront the voices of her own past, and to question what her future may hold.

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  • Publisher: Plus One Press (1 December 2012)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, you will believe a woman can be a PI in England in 1810. 8 November 2013
By Dana Stabenow - Published on
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Of the first two Sarah Tolerance novels (Point of Honour and Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery) I wrote on

Miss Sarah Tolerance elopes with her brother's fencing instructor from Regency England to the continent, and when he dies returns home. Cast off by her family, she determines to make her way in the world without falling into prostitution, the usual fallback of the Fallen Woman, and instead sets herself up as an Agent of Inquiry. Setting, plot and especially character are all excellent in Point of Honor and Petty Treason by Madeleine E. Robins. Trust me, you will believe a woman can be a PI in England in 1810.

The Sleeping Partner, the third in the series, may be the best yet. Take the first paragraph.

"No one who had seen Miss Sarah Brereton as a child would have taken her for a heroine. She was a well-behaved girl, affectionate and active, given to rolling hoops and running races with the gardener's children. Her upbringing was neither intellectual or revolutionary, being designed to make her what she was destined to be: the well-bred wife of a gentleman of means. That she had failed to achieve this goal was not the fault of her family but derived from some flaw in her character: at sixteen, Miss Brereton had fallen in love with her brother's fencing master and eloped, ruining forever her chances at respectability and marriage. Seeking to contain the damage, Sir William Brereton disowned his daughter and forbade to have her name mentioned. With the girl as good as dead, the honor of the Breretons was restored to a near-unsullied state. The family went on much as before."

No wonder Sarah changed her name, and no wonder what she changed it to. Editors give authors hell over backstory in series novels, and they're right to do so because first timers to the series need to know what's going on. That first paragraph is an exemplar of craft, placing the main character precisely in her place and time, and fun to read besides. Impossible not to turn the page, where not very much farther on in the narrative Sarah uses her sword to spank a bully with a club. Heroine, it turns out, was exactly the right word.

By now Sarah is well-established as an Agent of Inquiry, and is approached at her club, Tarsio's, by a potential client.

"...Corton appeared beside her and murmured that a lady was inquiring for her.

"What sort of lady?" She would see her visitor regardless, but often found the porter's impressions useful.

"A real lady, miss. A bit anxious about the eyes."

A real lady in a state of anxiety bode well for business and thus for Miss Tolerance's pocket-book. She directed Corton to bring the visitor up."

The anxious lady's sister is missing and she hires Sarah to find her, and Sarah is plunged in to a maelstrom of betrayal, theft, treason and murder that threatens her physically and emotionally, and which drags her willy-nilly back into her family, that same family which booted her out so unceremoniously so many years before. In the course of events we meet old friends

"Joshua Glebb's head, bald, with a long fringe of yellowed hair circling the back, shone in the dusty light from the far window. His entire being appeared to be in the process of succumbing slowly to gravity; his mouth turned down, and his chin, shoulders and gut all looked to be making a slow progress downward until they would puddle around his boot-sole. Until that should happen, Mr. Glebb resembled a fussy and dyspeptic head clerk, respectably dressed and sour of expression. His mouth attained--not a smile, but an absence of frown--when he looked up at Miss Tolerance, and his shrewd eyes lit."

and make new ones, like the missing girl's governess, Miss Nottingale.

"...That morning, in fact, she was reading a political essay Mr. John Thorpe had given her." She paused. "Lord Lyne did not like it."

"What was the essay?"

"A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mrs. Godwin."

"And she was reading this at breakfast?" That seemed to Miss Tolerance enough to put anyone off their meal."

Oh yes, we'll meet Mrs. Godwin, aka Mary Wollstonecraft, later. Sir Walter Mandif, magistrate, returns, too

"I confess I am enjoying the sight of you within my walls without bandages."

Highly recommended, all three of them, and my fingers are crossed for more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff ... Awaiting the Next Sarah Tolerance Book 15 June 2015
By Montana Mackay - Published on
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In this third book of the Sarah Tolerance mystery series, Miss Tolerance is discreetly hired by a well-situated woman to find a younger sister who has disappeared -- either eloped or kidnapped or met with tragedy. As Sarah Tolerance--whom we know by now to be an agent of inquiry with admirable fencing and combat skills--sets about this task, she finds it to be her most difficult assignment so far. The reason I enjoy these books so much is that they are extremely well-written, allowing me to completely plunge into the London of the Regency Era. Robins' use of the language and her dexterity in painting scenes--whether it's the complex choreography of fencing or the quiet discussions over tea in a drawing room--are excellent. Miss Tolerance has acquired some weaknesses, mainly due to being harshly rejected by her own family for having eloped to the continent ten years ago. Her lover died of a sudden illness and she returned to London to make her way, choosing a life as an unorthodox investigator rather than becoming a prostitute in her aunt's high-toned brothel. The search for the missing girl in "The Sleeping Partner" is as captivating and intriguing as the earlier two books in this series -- and makes me very eager for another installment in the adventures of Sarah Tolerance.
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy these books 8 April 2017
By Lisa Digirolamo - Published on
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I always enjoy these books. Robins does an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense the whole way through the book. I love how self-sufficient Sarah Tolerance is, and how she never lets anyone else intimidate her. I also appreciated that we go to learn more about her family and their attitudes.
I will say that I am getting tired of the theme of sexual violence in these books. There are other ways to generate drama in a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading and I wish there could be a fourth ... 19 March 2015
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Delightful series concerning a Fallen woman and her investigations. Credible and well-written, Sarah Tolerance lives outside of polite society because, although gently bred, Sarah ran away from her family with her brother's fencing master and lived on the Continent until her lover's death. Sarah is aptly trained for investigation, is discreet and unfolds the filthy linen of the upper crust when she discovers that a wealthy man has sold his daughter to save the family name. Great reading and I wish there could be a fourth novel.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 10 August 2014
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Robins' books are always well-written, but the particular story in this one was especially touching and gives it a greater impact than the usual enjoyable mystery/character study that Robins always offers. The solution to the mystery was especially dark, but were balanced in part by the positive developments in Miss Tolerance's personal relationships, so there were welcome bits of hope to leaven the story.