Book Þ Innocents to the Slaughter☆ Helen maskew

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Book Þ Innocents to the Slaughter ☆ Helen maskew ☆ Set against the grimness of the lives of mill workers in Bingley West Yorkshire the second book in the Hudson and Lawes trilogy opens in 1839 almost exactly a year after the affair at Seddon workhouse in Suffolk where the two men first met Characters now familiar Set against the grimness of the lives of mill workers in Bingley West Yorkshire the second book in the Hudson and Lawes trilogy opens in 1839 almost exactly a year after the affair at Seddon workhouse in Suffolk where the two men first met Characters now familiar from the first in the trilogy On the House reappear and play integral roles in the storyIncreasingly recog in the first instalment of maskew's hudson lawes trilogy on the house investigative journalist ambrose hudson and justice of the peace edgar lawes formed an accidental partnership while pursuing the truth behind rumours of malpractice at a suffolk workhouse in innocents to the slaughter the focus of their investigative attention falls on the exploitation of child labour and 'baby farming' a letter sent to hudson by a yorkshire mill worker indicates that recent laws around child labour are being flouted and worse still that these practices may be working parallel to another even sinister abuse poverty stricken households are being driven to pay strangers to take care of children they can't afford to feed and house and many of these children are never seen againas with on the house innocents to the slaughter feels like a testament to maskew's enthusiastic interest in the abuses of power that accompanied the industrial revolution and the increased mechanisation of production and i honestly commend it for that; it's a strong starting point for thinking about the political and social injustices of the era and provides a framework that lays out many of the central concerns often staged through conversations between the main charactersunfortunately where i forgave on the house for much of its stiffness of dialogue its long expository passages its repetition of information and the impact that these aspects had on its characterisation i find i can't do the same for the seuel this book than the first relied on plot points that should have held emotional weight grief or anxiety or tension but none of them felt actualised mostly because the relationships that held characters together felt paper thin and expressions of emotion were dry and overly rationalised without a sense of emotional realism a real investment in characters for the colour or texture of their voice or an appreciation of technically strong or interesting writing it's very difficult to commit to the reading experience or be touched by it i was hoping that she would test the limits that she'd come up against in on the house but i'm beginning to think that maskew would play better to her strengths in writing non fiction; her novels emphasise precision in detail presentation of a sociopolitical and philosophical overview of the contemporary thinkers and a dry tone that drain the energy from a story but could easily be transformed into an interesting journal article or longer essayi received a copy of this book courtesy of netgalley and unbound in exchange for an honest review

Text ✓ The Hudson & Lawes Trilogy #2 Ñ Helen Maskew

Y him to Bingley where the two men are uickly embroiled in undercover work and surveillance of the perpetrators of both crimes The farming of babies for hard cash is something new to both men and the viciousness of the criminals involved is shocking During the investigation the friends meet an old adversary and Ambrose sets out on the beginnings of a tragic love affai I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest reviewJust like 'On the House' this book gave a great insight into a not even very distant history It started a bit slow and was somewhat too descriptive sometimes in my opinion On the other hand I think it is good that the writer does not assume things to be known to her readers that are important for the story

Helen Maskew Ñ Innocents to the Slaughter (The Hudson & Lawes Trilogy #2) Book

Innocents to the Slaughter The Hudson & Lawes Trilogy #2Nised as a successful investigative journalist Ambrose Hudson is canvassed by an overseer in a woollen mill to follow up his suspicions of illegal child labour in the North East The man is also concerned that the heinous practice of baby farming is operating in the same area A four handed investigation is needed and Ambrose persuades his friend Edgar Lawes to accompan In their first outing journalist Ambrose Hudson and Edgar Lawes tackled a corrupt workhouse In this novel set in 1839 Innocents to the Slaughter Hudson and Lawes take on new evils of the Victorian era This time it’s child labor and baby farming Child labor at this time was illegal Children under the age of nine could not be employed in factories mines etc But because poverty is endemic and large employers want every scrap of profit there are a lot of blind eyes turned to the practice On the other hand baby farming is perfectly legal There’s no law against paying someone to care for one’s child But again poverty tends to relax some people’s inhibitions and it isn’t long before the practice is turned to brutal profit The two crusaders certainly have their plates full in this episode—especially when an old enemy turns up Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration