Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Montmorency and the Assassins by Eleanor Updale. Montmorency and the Assassins: Montmorency 3 by Eleanor Updale. Montmorency, the man who leads a double life as both a criminal and a gentleman, is back for his most thrilling adventure yet in the final installment of the Montmorency trilogy.
As the nineteenth century draws to a close, war is in the air, and influenza is sweeping the globe. After twenty years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper, his wretched alter-. After twenty years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper, his wretched alter-ego. However, when Montmorency's young friend Frank finds himself caught in the middle of a murderous political plot, Montmorency may have no choice but to call upon none other than Scarper for help.
Follow Montmorency, Fox-Selwyn, Dr. Farcett, and a whole new generation of characters on their travels from London to Scotland, Italy and America. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Montmorency and the Assassins , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Montmorency and the Assassins. Lists with This Book. Apr 22, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: The third book in the excellent historical thriller series, this is the last one I read.
Longer series generally do not sit well with me for some reason. I either lose interest or they gradually decline in quality. Fortunately, neither was the case here. This book is every bit as good as the first two. The plot of this one becomes much more political than the last two not in the sense of being a manifesto, but it involves itself in political events of the time , which is a controversial turn but The third book in the excellent historical thriller series, this is the last one I read.
The plot of this one becomes much more political than the last two not in the sense of being a manifesto, but it involves itself in political events of the time , which is a controversial turn but one I liked. The historical fiction aspects of the series were always some of my favourite parts, and they became more prevalent in this one.
Montmorency himself, on the other hand, becomes less prevalent. Devoted fans of the series will probably also be struck by view spoiler [Fox-Selwyn's murder hide spoiler ]. This was hugely unfortunate, I think, from a character perspective, but it doesn't feel contrived or anything. The espionage aspects of this book keep the plot moving and root it more firmly in the time period. I can't vouch for the fourth book which I have not read , but this one is well worth your time if you enjoyed the first two. This story is set at least two decades later than the previous volume.
It also takes place over two years. I suppose in real life this would be realistic for people investigating against anarchist plots in multiple locations on different continents, but it was a little odd to read, especially as they kept referring to people and events that occurred in the years between the books, that reader only gets glimpses of. Overall, it was quite different in feel from the previous books, which were also This story is set at least two decades later than the previous volume.
Overall, it was quite different in feel from the previous books, which were also fairly different from one another. In this one I felt that the political story was more interesting than the characters, whose attempted emotional depths fell a little flat. Feb 28, Carmen rated it did not like it. I loved the first book in this series Thief, Liar, Gentleman?
Yes, the story stretches the limits of believability. An urchin with no education is readily accepted as a member of the upper classes in Victorian London. His transformation from callous thief to refined gentleman occurs overnight upon his attending his first opera. Yet, I decided to accept these improbable twists and go along with the story.
But the second book Montmorency On The Rocks: Instead of developing their personality, here the characters became even shallower. The plot is random, the reasons behind the characters' actions non-existent or contradictory with their previous behaviors. The female characters even less developed that their male counterparts and that is to say something. There is no hint of any kind of sexuality on any of them, male or female, even though one of the females is a prostitute. And by the way, this is a YA novel, am I the only one to have a problem with that?
For the protagonists, even the aristocratic lord, accept her easily enough.
As I said, there is no hint of any relationship before, so the reader is left wondering who is the father of the baby. The reader is not the only one wondering, for during this, the third book, the three male protagonists wonder too whether they are the father of the now 13 year old boy.
Which means the mother was the lover of the three men. Yet, the four of them get along swimmingly. Then, there is Maggie, the doormat nurse, who does everything for her love interest, without asking anything in return. Her selfishness is irritating. Is this what we want our daughters to become? Plus the story in this third installment makes even less sense than the previous ones.
And don't get me started with the contrivance of the reappearance in America of a secondary character from the first book. Aug 02, Tales Untangled rated it really liked it.
I thought it was quite intriguing how Updale made the workers plight so immediate. She showed how a young person could easily be swayed into a fanatic belief and behavior that reminded me of the current political climate with terrorists attracting young men today. The plight of migrant workers is another current political and social problem that has been faced fo I thought it was quite intriguing how Updale made the workers plight so immediate.
The plight of migrant workers is another current political and social problem that has been faced for generations and in many countries. I was quite distressed that one of the main characters died To read the full review go to http: Nov 12, Dayna Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: The third book in the Montmorency saga continues the tale begun in the second book. The ending is sad and the story has some unexpected plot twists. It sets up the fourth The third book in the Montmorency saga continues the tale begun in the second book. It sets up the fourth book very well. Apr 09, Shilo Quetchenbach rated it really liked it.
Another exciting adventure, this time involving Italian anarchists and xrays. The writing is hard to get into at first -- it's a telling style -- but once it gets going it's easy to forget and just get wrapped up in the intrigue. It reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes. Jul 17, Hazel West rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thoughts on the Overall Book: Wow, as I said in my review of "Montmorency on the Rocks" these books just keep getting better and better and this one definitely did not disappoint. It kept me guessing right to the end, and it took a completely different turn from where I thought it was going to when I first started it.
I loved the story line of this one too. Not that the others weren't good, but the intrigue and the plots involving the Italian activists was really interesting because I have never Thoughts on the Overall Book: Not that the others weren't good, but the intrigue and the plots involving the Italian activists was really interesting because I have never really studied any of that history before. I also liked how the author portrayed them as radicals but yet, the reader could also be sympathetic to their cause even though they tended to go about things in the wrong way.
As always I loved the regulars: Montmorency, Lord George and Dr. I still found Vi annoying, but she's not so annoying I can't stand her either. I really loved the addition of Tom and Frank in here Vi's son and George's nephew. Frank ended up being one of my favorite characters in this book, and I liked the way he matured through the story and I look forward to seeing more of him in the last book.
I really like the way the author creates stories that are not necessarily action-packed, or at least not what would be considered action-packed in today's society, but yet the story is so very engaging and makes you want to read more. I believe the key is making characters the reader loves so much that we cannot stop reading about these people. The style is also rather classic so that the stories read rather like a Holmes story which only makes them all the better. Nothing bothered me, this was a great book, however the ending nearly killed me because I was not expecting that.
I'm not going to spoil it though. It was just so good from start to finish. These are truly amazing books and I hate that it took me so long to get to finally read them! Same as the others, older teens and most likely a good number of adults would enjoy these. And of course any fans of Sherlock Holmes. Jun 14, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a great read and good time consumer. I've taken so much time with it though: Partly because I didnt have time to read for a few days but also becuase it was boring in the middle.
Everything was exciting in the first few chapters becuase its been more than ten years since we last heard of Montmorency and friends so it was nice to know how everything was going again. And they had a new mission too! It was to recover stolen artifacts belonging to a introvert collector. They even had to go It was a great read and good time consumer. They even had to go to Italy to find out more about it!
It was great though becuase they had also uncovered a new plot against the Italian monarchy. The excitement for me was shortlived though. It seemed that everyone was just taking their time with everything when there was a huge international conspiracy brewing right under their noses. I didn't like that at all. It was as if Updale was just writing for the sake of writing.
Thank God, it started picking up while nearing the climax. It was very relieving and I loved everything about it except when George and Maggie dies. I mean that in a good way though. And Montmorency is Tom's father!! Omigosh I wanted that so badly. I had lost all hope when he fell in love with Mary and almost married her.
But it's all thanks to Vi and her fighting skills: And Cissie deserved every punch from her. Their catfight was my favorite from the whole book. But why did Montmorerncy sleep with Vi and not stay with her? Why didn't they stay together? I hope they become an actual family in the next book. I'm really glad I didn't quit reading before I finished it. Jan 03, Kathleen Fowler rated it it was ok.
Reading the third book of a series first cannot possibly result in the best possible reading experience, so that may have contributed to my disappointment with this one. There is also the fact that this book is meant for a YA audience, and I am by no stretch of the imagination a young adult. My first objection is to the length of the book.
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The story seems unnecessarily drawn out, and Reading the third book of a series first cannot possibly result in the best possible reading experience, so that may have contributed to my disappointment with this one. The story seems unnecessarily drawn out, and drags at times. My third and most serious objection is to the lighthearted approval with which a year-old character is provided with pornography. Granted, I can imagine some of you protesting that I object to era-inappropriate vocabulary, but then object equally to era-appropriate attitudes.
Especially since the values of this particular era are not uniformly taken at face value by the characters. For instance, the principle action of the book concerns one of the young protagonists, a member of the nobility, being drawn into an anarchist group by his outrage at the injustices to which the workers of the era were regularly subjected. He then finds himself in a moral dilemma because he disapproves of violence as a means to combat these injustices.
Why not deal with the issue of the debasement of women in an equally thoughtful manner? I will pass on this series. It's one of those "it was ok I found it on the sidewalk and picked it up without having heard of the author or the series. The descriptions of Florence, with its red-tiled rooftops and its river and its bridges, the shops on the Ponte Vecchio, the church bells in the morning, are pleasing and made me want to plan a trip to Italy, and I was charmed by the teenage characters, like carefree Frank and his know-it-all brother, Alex.
The plot, which starts around the attempt by two men one a former thief to recover a stolen natural history collection but then moves wider, including, among other things, anarchism and assassination, is interesting and has room for lots of good detail, and by the end I definitely found myself wrapped up in the story. Jan 11, Sidneyom rated it really liked it. Do you like reading books that are very unique and have interesting plotlines? Do you like the concept of a character that can be a low-class man, and also a noble gentleman?
Do you like books based on Shakespearean form of writing? Not only this is a mystery novel that makes you think, it also has some thrilling parts where you find yourself on the edge of a chair. This book takes place around late s and the setting is in Europe, so it fits the Shakespearean form of writing. This book is ac Do you like reading books that are very unique and have interesting plotlines? This book is actually really interesting to read because the character development was so unique in its own ways.
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There is a man who can be a really bad criminal with shaggy clothes to a upper-class gentleman who always wear formal attire. There is also a boy, who is rebellious and causes disaster by coping with the low-class Italians and later becomes the spy. I think you can relate this book to the society today, where there are different perspectives to a democratic way of thinking and Republican way of thinking.
It also shows the emotional side of the book when he feels guilty for killing an innocent man for his own crime and mixture of feelings when he turns into a low-class man from a nobleman. Overall, the characters were well developed, with unique perspectives on some problem. Since this is the third book in the series, it must be good because I normally never make it to the 3rd book in a series. This third book wasn't one of the best in the series, it did make me think about the whole situation. Arriving in Scotland's Glendarvie Castle , [ clarification needed ] Montmorency suffers from severe drug withdrawal.
Barely conscious, he is reintroduced to Farcett who helps rehabilitate him from the addiction. From Farcett's accounts on Prisoner and Fox-Selwyn's portrayal of Montmorency, the men begin to gain a complete picture of Montmorency's bizarre past. As the three friends spend time in Scotland, the bombing of a London train station [ clarification needed ] summons Fox-Selwyn back to England.
Too weak to travel, Montmorency joins Farcett in escorting a young maid named Morag from the castle to Tarimond , [ clarification needed ] a remote island in the Scottish Isles , [ clarification needed ] following the death of her younger brother. On the island Tarimond, of Doctor Farcett is mystified by an unknown agent that has been killing an entire generation of children. Working with Maggie Goudie, the island's school teacher and midwife he tries to get to the heart of the mystery.
After a period of recovery, Montmorency and Farcett are summoned back to London by Fox-Selwyn to assist in the investigation. The trio encounters Vi Evans, the daughter of Scarper's old land-lady, and finds her to be a key witness in the case. The lives of Scarper and Montmorency now intersect, and Montmorency reveals his criminal past and bizarre background to Fox-Selwyn, Farcett and Vi. Outside a second terrorist bombing takes place. Through evidence provided by Vi and Scarper's skills the investigation comes to a close as the bombers are caught, and the three return to Tarimond with Vi for celebration.
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Over the course of the adventure, the three men become close friends with Vi. The book ends with the announcement that Vi is pregnant. This is the third book in Eleanor Updale's series and takes place twenty years after the events of the first book. Montmorency and his friend Lord George Fox-Selwyn are on a leisurely assignment, searching for missing scientific specimens in Italy.
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They discover them to be hidden at La Specola , the natural history museum in Florence. The curator helps them with their quest.
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They are also visiting George's brother and nephews, Frank and Alexander. Frank uncovers a gang trying to take down the aristocrats but doesn't realize how dangerous they are until he hurts someone unintentionally and has to flee the country with his family so he doesn't make them look bad.
Events lead one to another, and eventually an anarchist plot is revealed to be in its most dangerous stages. Vi and her son Tom live on Tarimond, where Tom wonders about who his father might be. The book hints at various people who could be Tom's father, including Montmorency, George, Dr Farcett, and even George's butler. All of them help Montmorency and George try to stop the anarchists' terrible plan. Frank, also in Florence with his family on vacation, is swept into the anarchists plot when his friend Guido pushes him to help him in one of the attacks.
One of the anarchist safe havens appears to be centered in Paterson, New Jersey , so Montmorency, Farcett, and company go to America. Farcett, however, leaves right before a message concerning Maggie. The letter describes how she became sick and succumbed to a mysterious illness, later revealed to be radiation poisoning. A man named Bayfield houses Montmorency and company in their stay.
Montmorency has a brief courtship with one of Bayfield's wife's friends. It ends when it is revealed that Montmorency is Tom's father. The anarchist plans in Italy and Britain end in failure. However, each of the characters is scarred emotionally. Farcett receives news of Maggie's death, right before he was about to set off to Tarimond to propose to her. Tom still does not know that Montmorency is his father. When Montmorency is receiving his congratulations from Lord Astleman, the man who sent the two to get his missing experiments, Lord George Fox-Selwyn is mysteriously missing.
When Astleman is opening two new experiments, the second is revealed to be George himself. He was shot and delivered to Astleman by none other than the curator of La Specola. He was working with the anarchists all along. Montmorency, in the last chapter of the book, vows revenge on Fox-Selwyn's murderer. The fourth book in the series was released in March , and takes place about a year after the events of Montmorency and the Assassins.
In this book, Montmorency heads to London to seek out those responsible for the death of Lord George Fox-Selwyn at the end of the previous book, assisted by George's nephew, Francis, taking on the disguise as Jack Scarper.