‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman

“On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents, in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
She was a person of sixteen or so–alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.”

My love for Philip Pullman’s work began with the film “Golden Compass” and the second part of the trilogy “Magic Knife”. Why did I start reading for the second time? Because my mother bought this part when, when I got to the hospital in 4th grade And I reread this part at least three times, not to mention the whole trilogy “Dark Materials”!
I just fell in love in this world, although to be more precise, with this author (I even made a presentation at school as a favorite writer.)
But now let’s not talk about my love of fantasy, but about the detective.
London. Times of dirt, looting, mass deaths, and opium. And it is at this dangerous time that the young 16-year-old girl Sally Lockhart is left completely alone after the mysterious death of her father. The main character could be scared and run away, but she does not fit the standards of the time. The girl is fearless and strong; she knows how to shoot a revolver and knows how to keep accounts. It was this knowledge that helped the girl survive and begin an investigation into her father’s death.

Have you ever heard the phrase The Seven Blessings?
That question causes a man to die of shock and propels Sally Lockhart into a desperate adventure that will expose the deepest secrets of the corrupt and murderous opium trade.

From the first page, I plunged into my favorite foggy and spooky London. The events are so dynamic and interesting that you barely have time to turn the pages. I didn’t even notice how I read the first 100. My book is associated with rain and cigarette smoke. My rating is 10/10. ⠀

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