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Thrice Burned (A Portia Adams Adventure Book 2) by [Misri, Angela]
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If you play with fire, you might get burned

Portia is still reeling from finding out that her guardian, Mrs. Jones, is actually the infamous Irene Adler and her grandmother. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, Sherlock Holmes is her grandfather, a secret Portia’s mother took to her grave.

As a diversion, Portia throws herself into work and continues to consult with Scotland Yard on their hard-to-crack cases, including a brazen theft that the perpetrator boasted about before it took place, as well as the disappearance of prostitutes. While on the trail of an arsonist she meets Annie, a resourceful reporter. They strike up a friendship and Annie starts to report on “P.C. Adams”, the consulting detective keeping London safe, but she promises to keep Portia’s true identity secret. Neighbor Constable Brian Dawes takes a shine to Annie just as Portia starts to question her own feelings for him. At the same time Portia attracts the attention of Gavin Whitaker, a medical student and her intellectual equal. He may just be the distraction she needs.

As the press starts to show an interest in P.C. Adams, an impostor comes forward, and Portia must choose between remaining anonymous and letting the world know the truth.

Rated E - Everyone over ten: Content is suitable for everyone but may contain mild violence and language and minimal suggestive themes.

About the Author

Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. These days she’s focusing on her writing but taking on freelance and digital projects along the side.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
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  • Publisher: Fierce Ink Press Co-Op Ltd. (March 24 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SHLIP0Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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An excellent book, and in my opinion, it does better than the first of the series. I'm thrilled to see that Portia is finally not surrounded solely by men in her day-to-day life; the addition of Annie to the cast was a wonderful choice, and I'd love to see more of their friendship in future books. The mysteries, while still remaining fairly light in terms of depth, are interesting and are definitely puzzles for people to work out. I like the structure of the book, with three individual mysteries, even as there is a larger arc that weaves between all three of the stories (I do so hope we learn more about the fate of Howard in the next book!). I enjoy the ongoing themes of family and legacy, and I am definitely pleased that the major revelation from the first book doesn't push Watson and his importance in Portia's history to one side.

This was a great "development" book, with lots of relationships growing and changing, even as Portia grows more into her own. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, so I can see what direction the author takes the series. I am definitely recommending this series to my Holmesian friends, who will get a kick out of it.
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I'm a sucker for period mysteries, so the fun and historically stylish concept of Thrice Burned (and the Portia Adams adventures generally) alone is like catnip to a Holmes-loving, Agatha Christie-adoring reader like me. I was impressed with the first book in the series but thrilled to report Thrice Burned has me raving. It nailed all the crucial 'must-do's for a sequel: the cases themselves are curiosity-piquing puzzles, the character development builds wonderfully as Portia navigates the treacherous waters of female friendship, romance, and the in-between-ness of her relationship with her neighbour and colleague, Constable Dawes. Oh, and there's a PUPPY! But what truly had me raising cheers of happiness is the way Misri seamlessly weaves contemporary feminist and socio-political themes into a book that whose rollicking plots will draw in young readers - she does it subtly, beautifully, and in so doing makes this fun read equally relevant to anyone trying to wrap their head around the rights and privileges of have's and have-not's in the culture of 1930s London and of our world today. Can't wait for the next one in the series. Really. I'd like to read it now, please! I also loved the add-on at the end where Misri details her research and writing process for historical fiction. A cool behind-the-scenes look.
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Thrice Burned is the second book in an ongoing series of mysteries featuring the brilliant young consulting detective Portia Adams, who comes by her gifts honestly as the granddaughter of not only the great Sherlock Holmes, but Holmes' friend and chronicler Watson as well. It is a nifty conceit for a series, and author Angela Misri makes the most of it. Portia Adams is utterly believable as the direct descendent of the iconic detective and his sidekick, inheriting every ounce of Holmes' gifts for observation and deductive reasoning, but leavened with Watson's humanity.

As with the first book in the series (Jewel of the Thames), Thrice Burned consists of three casebooks, or mysteries, each told in the first person by Portia herself. Each casebook concerns itself with at least one mystery, each one carefully crafted. The clues are tantalizingly distributed, drawing the reader in, allowing them just as much fun as Portia herself has in trying to solve the mysteries. But there is much more on offer here than mere riddles. There are elements of historical fiction too, as each casebook is set in nineteen-thirties era London, England, featuring Scotland Yard Constables and street urchins and reporters and clergy men and plenty of other skillfully drawn characters, right down to their authentic clothing choices and distinctive accents.

Each casebook features a stand-alone storyline and a neatly resolved ending, but Misri is not satisfied to let it go at that. Like many a modern era television series, each episode builds upon the last, throughout both this book and its predecessor, from casebook to casebook. As in real life, Portia and her friends continue to mature and develop. Relationships are never straightforward.
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Thrice Burned is a great follow-up to Jewel of the Thames. And without as many character introductions that were necessary in the first book of the series, the cases in this one fill the extra space beautifully and are allowed to be even more engaging and challenging, while still somehow allowing the characters room to grow realistically. The book also oozes with well researched flavour of 1930's London, and the crimes themselves feel like they belong naturally in this era. Once I started I had a hard time putting it down, and I can't wait for the next entry in this page-turner series.
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I enjoyed this Portia Adams book even more than the first one. Angela Misri has another winner on her hands. Fun, fast and full of bounce. The "conceit"of Portia's birth requires some suspension of disbelief but adds to the pleasure. A book for all mystery lovers who want a lively gem that's good for young adults and old timers like me. Great for a summer book or a Christmas present. I'm looking forward to the next one!
(The Old Anglican's Wife)
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