If you've made it through "The Gods of Gotham", you're well on your way to enjoy another adventure for Timothy Wilde. Faye continues the mystery and personal drama of the young detective Timothy Wilde in this second installment. Again, relying on history as a the backbone for her narrative, the characters navigate a mystery that is tangled in the hot politics of the time, which focuses on slavery. This novel, very much like the first, is dark, moody with a convoluted whodunit climax. The murder mystery, at times, takes a back seat to the personal narrative of the protagonist. However, Faye does a marvelous job in continuing to explore the character study of her cast. Additionally, the period slang doesn't seem as forced or contrived, and after a while, becomes second nature for the reader. Again, echoing my comments on "The Gods of Gotham" - stick with it!
A slow read with many memorable moments. A story that is set in 1846 in New York that touches on the treatment and non-rights of the slaves, free persons of colour and the Irish escaping the famine. Timothy Wilde may become one of my favourite characters.
Kept you desperate to see how it would all end. An awful period in history to be black in America even in the North where you thought they would be safe. Illuminates a slice of history I did not know of.
After reading and enjoying Gods of Gotham by the same author, I was pleased to find this book which takes place in the same setting with the same main character. This was a great mystery and a very interesting time period in New York City history.
I absolutely love narrator Steven Boyer's voicing for the Timothy Wilde mysteries. He brings to life Lyndsay Faye's picture of 1800s New York City, a young city ripe with ethnic prejudice, abolitionist tensions, and backroom politics. This time a mystery of free blacks and murder is at the forefront. Sometimes Timothy Wilde is a bit too honorable and language too eloquent to believe, but you can't help but love him all the more for it.
Seven for a Secret is certainly a good read. Faye takes you into 19th century New York City, during legal slavery. Faye sacrifices some tension with an overly descriptive narrative. Somethimes you say to yourself, why not cut to the chase. This is still a good read and recommended.
NYPL Staff Pick
The sequel to Gods of Gotham. Faye continues to explore the beginnings of the New York City police department. Timothy Wilde and his brother Val return as "copper stars" to solve a murder and abductions.
- Jenny Baum
Seven for a Secret is the second book in the Timothy Wilde series. You will be able to enjoy this story and follow the plot just fine even if you don't read the other one first but some of the personal background bits might be lost on you. Faye once again does a great job of giving the reader a feel for the world that these characters live in. You can imagine what it would be like to live in New York at the time. She also gets you involved with the characters and takes you along for the journey with them. You can feel the worry, fear and gut dropping anticipation as Timothy realizes something is about to happen and doesn't know if he will be able to stop it. You worry for these people. Which I think is a testament to how well they are written. You wouldn't care about people who don't feel real. Timothy does spend a lot of time being introspective and talking about his feelings. Which can tend to slow the plot down a bit at times. And the whole interaction between him and his lost love does nothing for me and leaves me wishing it wasn't even there. But the relationship between Timothy and his brother, Timothy's own self-doubt and insecurity, the personable secondary character, the interesting plot and setting all combine to make a very enjoyable and engaging story. If you read and liked the first book I'm sure you will like this one too. And if you have not read Gods of Gotham, the first book, I suggest you do.
Whereas THE GODS OF GOTHAM was a love letter to New York City on the threshold of significant change, SEVEN FOR A SECRET is a love letter to that first book's main character, "copper star" Timothy Wilde. This second book keeps NYC front and center, but a whole host of characters -- from Democratic Party members to corrupt cops to small chimney sweeps -- have their glorious turn in the spotlight. Not to be missed.
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