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Taken at Night by [Ludlow, Christa]
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Length: 263 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A society photographer and a police detective team up to solve a mystery that stretches from the city slums to the Town Hall...

The year is 1900, and photographer Beatrix Spencer has just opened her studio to the public with high hopes for success. But it is a turbulent time to start a new business. A deadly outbreak of plague is threatening the city.

When a notorious woman doctor disappears from a quarantined ship, Beatrix is drawn into the investigation led by Detective Fergus Blair, who has secrets of his own. Despite their very different backgrounds, Fergus and Beatrix find that their city's underworld is closer, and more dangerous, than either of them realized. And somewhere, another more sinister photographer is at work…

“The historical aspects of this novel are absolutely fascinating… The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well… they both deserve another outing.” review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2293 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523447680
  • Publisher: Playfair Press; 1 edition (3 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BGE85Q4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book -a murder mystery centred around the Quarantine Station and the Rocks as the bubonic plague strikes Sydney at the turn of the 20th century. Not only did I I find the story line intriguing and couldn't put it down, but I also found it historically fascinating as it is meticulously researched and well-written. The strong female characters and their treatment at the hands of some of the male villains in the book also provides interesting social commentary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the characters and the themes stand alone and can be enjoyed as a historical mystery 10 November 2016
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A thoroughly enjoyable journey through old Sydney. Christa Ludlow makes the city, its streets and characters come alive. This makes Taken at Night a particular pleasure for those who live or have visited Sydney, as we seek the older version of the city that Ms Ludlow describes in the modern city we know. But, the characters and the themes stand alone and can be enjoyed as a historical mystery, with a strong female lead. This novel, set at the dawn of the women's movement is a delightful step back in time. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great to see historical crime fiction with strong female protagonists 15 April 2016
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It is particularly gratifying to see a recent increase in historical crime fiction with capable and independent female central characters, with good working relationships with the men who support them. Not only does this give authors the opportunity to expand on the period in which they are setting their books, it's also providing an increasing glimpse into the ridiculous limitations and restrictions placed on women in the past.

In TAKEN AT NIGHT, author Christa A. Ludlow has a central protagonist who is working as a photographer in 1900's Sydney. A difficult time to start a new business because of the increasing worry of bubonic plague, and a difficult time for women in general in the never-ending struggle for firstly equal rights, and then recognition for their work and professionalism. Paired with Detective Fergus Blair, Spencer finds herself drawn into the investigation of a passenger gone missing from a quarantined ship, whilst simultaneously pondering the efforts of another photographer who seems to be lurking amongst the children of the slums of Sydney.

The historical aspects of this novel are absolutely fascinating. The difference between current day The Rocks in Sydney and what it was in the 1900's is described well, with a real sense of the deprivation and desperation in the area. Because the central character of Spencer is a woman attempting to make her own way in business, connected to but not necessarily involved with the Suffragette cause, the politics is overt and the author's viewpoint on the position of women in that time obvious (understandably). Having said that, there's a tendency sometimes to hammer that point home a little too much, losing the momentum of the investigative / crime elements along the way.

The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team. Whilst there's nothing known about a potential followup, there's enough in TAKEN AT NIGHT, to think they both deserve another outing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime fiction with a fascination historical edge ... 20 April 2016
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In 1900 Dr Rachel Benedict goes missing from Sydney Quarantine Station as plague threatens the city. Detective Fergus Blair, with the help of young photographer Beatrix Spencer, unearths a turn-of-the-century culture of corruption, violence and deception. Blair’s investigation turns up the horrific reality behind Dr Benedict’s murder and the disappearance of local children.
Like her heroine, author Christa Ludlow in her debut novel, ‘Taken At Night,’ turns a sensitive photographer’s eye on Sydney at the start of the twentieth century. This is crime fiction with a fascinating historical edge; secret harbour tunnels, the Suffragette movement, the Boer War, criminology, class politics and smuggled contraceptives. The novel is cleverly layered and suspenseful; a very compelling read.

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