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Five stories that comprise some of the matter surrounding the life of Lady Abigail Irene Garrett, Th.D., sometime Crown Investigator. They are previously uncollected. One is new; the others were only previously available as bonus chapbooks with the limited editions of various novellas.Table of Contents:The Tricks of London: London, April 1879The Body of the Nation: New NetFive stories that comprise some of the matter surrounding the life of Lady Abigail Irene Garrett, Th.D., sometime Crown Investigator. They are previously uncollected. One is new; the others were only previously available as bonus chapbooks with the limited editions of various novellas.Table of Contents:The Tricks of London: London, April 1879The Body of the Nation: New Netherlands, April 1897Almost True: New Netherlands, 1900Underground: Paris, April 1941Twilight: London, 1941...

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  • Cindywho
    2019-02-04 06:51

    5 or 6 last stories collected from the world of New Amsterdam. Most of them centered on Abigail Irene. It was nice to see her one last time.

  • David Gillon
    2019-02-22 02:00

    Five more stories from Bear’s New Amsterdam sequence. I actually read this straight after New Amsterdam as I wanted more of Abby IreneThe Tricks of London: London, April 1879Told from the PoV of a young detective sergeant, London faces the return of an old threat, and a young Lady Abigail Irene is the Detective Crown Investigator charged with hunting it downThe Body of the Nation: New Netherlands, April 1897A locked room mystery, on a river steamer, with a dead Bavarian princess, and bonus Sam Clemens.Almost True: New Netherlands, 1900The first Abby Irene story written, this sees her caught up by an attempt to assassinate her lover, the Duke of New Amsterdam. She’s a rather more physical force in this than in the other stories.Underground: Paris, April 1941Despite the collection’s title, this one doesn’t actually involve Abby Irene, nor is it an investigation; the focus here is her former housekeeper, Mary Ballard, now working for the Resistance against Paris’ Prussian occupiers, and charged with getting someone hunted by every side out of the city.Twilight: London, 1941The last Abby Irene story. She’s an old woman now, but preserved by her sorcery, and she and Sebastien have not sat out the Prussian occupation. But now the Prussians are fled, the King is back, and the intention seems to be to pension off not just her, but the entire Crown Investigator service. But not before one final case that draws in all Sebastien’s surviving courtThe collection is a little varied, but well worth reading if New Amsterdam left you wanting more of Abigail Irene.

  • Beth
    2019-02-15 05:57

    As can be seen in the title above, this is the fifth book published in the New Amsterdam series. However, it was placed first in the recently released Kindle collections, so I read it first.Its five short stories are a decent introduction to the series, but there is a lot of background that's either missing or that's dropped into the stories in such large quantity that it's hard to parse. By the time you've sorted it all out, the story's over and it's time to move on to the next one.The stories are arranged in chronological order rather than order of publication, following sorcerer Abby Irene over several decades. The first couple are mysteries, each with a supernatural solution. The third and fourth are adventure stories, and the fifth is a meditative look back from characters who are well into old age.After my indifferent response to the first three stories, I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the fourth and fifth were. They made me genuinely interested in seeing the characters in a less constrained format where I could get to know them, and the history of this alternate Earth, better. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the New Amsterdam series in these collections.

  • John
    2019-02-15 03:57

    I really like these. They're so well crafted--novelette length seems just right for the amount of plot in each--and the episodes fill in some subplots from previous stories with gusto and imagination. Garrett is very old and very fragile (physically, anyway) at the end--hope that wasn't her swan song but Bear trots in a lot of characters from previous exploits and seems intent on wrapping things up, so it has that feeling."The room was awash in pale English faces--weak-chinned, snub-nosed, framed in fine waves of fair or auburn hair. They didn't really all look alike, Sebastien reminded himself. It just seemed that way when you took a lot of them together."

  • Kate O'Hanlon
    2019-02-01 06:47

    This ebook is not available in Ireland. My sorrow is endless. *edit*With the aid of a transatlantic trip, a B&N gift card, and the book mercifully being without DRM I managed to legally purchase and read this!Hurray!Great collection of stories previously published as bonus chapbooks with limited edition hard cover releases, as well as one new story.This collection is a great capper to the New Amsterdam series (though I, of course) hold out hope for mover stories in this universe).

  • Angela
    2019-01-24 04:00

    I was delighted to find a new collection of Bear's stories focusing on DCI Abigail Irene Garrett, and each of these five short works was a delight to read. I truly hope to see more stories set in this world, even if Bear has seemed to have closed the stories of DCI Garrett and Don Sebastien. Ruth Grell and Sean Cuan, among others, surely have some adventures to recount for future volumes.

  • Melanti
    2019-01-30 04:08

    Not my favorite set of novellas from the series.I actually like Sebastian's character a bit better than Garrett's, though her magical investigations are interesting. Sadly, only one of the five novellas had Sebastian as a character, and that one was still focused on Garrett, not him.The timeline of all the New Amsterdam series novellas will come in very handy,, though.

  • Erin
    2019-02-12 06:45

    This was a little more "short-story"-like than the New Amsterdam collection - the stories were less related to one another, and therefore less like the chapters in a single novel - but still really enjoyable. Love Garrett, even in the earliest incarnations where the author is still not totally sure who she wants to be. Great writing & world-building.

  • Jack
    2019-01-31 03:58

    Bear is a reliable, good author. This collection of shorter works set in the same universe as her "New Amsterdam" novels is well worth the time and effort.I have a hard time describing short story collections without describing each work, which often spoils collections like this. Suffice to say it follows DCI Garrett's tortuous career.

  • Joy
    2019-02-01 01:53

    Story stories that flesh out the character history from the first three books. Bear doesn't write the New Amsterdam series in chronological order and many alluded to events get explained in this collection. I particularly like her vampires, shades of Anne Rice.

  • Sherry Ramsey
    2019-02-03 06:52

    I was so happy to find some more stories about DCI Garrett--she's a fascinating character and I love the alternate history Bear sets up in the earlier collection, "New Amsterdam." I'd love to read more about this character and her world!

  • Pete731
    2019-02-01 06:43

    I got this after reading New Amsterdam by the same author, and enjoyed it just as much. Excellent urban fantasy, a little less detective oriented this time, but still very good. I hope this author explores this world and characters more.

  • Yvonne
    2019-01-22 08:54

    I finished this yesterday and promptly had to reread New Amsterdam to spend more time with Lady Abigail Irene.I highly recommend the audiobook of "The Tricks of London" as read by Mary-Robinette Kowal:

  • Rob Lazenby
    2019-02-15 01:56

    An entertaining set of alternate universe mysteries where vampires walk among us and magic is a regulated profession. I like the way Bear always manages to create variety in her universes and characters. While this isn't my favourite work of hers, it was a fun read nonetheless.

  • Mary Ellen
    2019-02-20 06:55

    Bundled with #1, so I read this first. Confusing!

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2019-01-31 08:54


  • Jason
    2019-01-27 04:08

    Impossible to give any book of Abby Irene stories a less than perfect rating.

  • Kellie
    2019-01-22 03:41

    Read as part of the Kindle collection.Short stories filling in more of Abigail Irene's background--an excellent companion to the more solidly linked tales of New Amsterdam.

  • chris tierney
    2019-01-26 07:54

    There will never be enough books in this series.

  • Todd Campbell
    2019-01-24 02:07

    A mixed bag, but worthwhile for fans of the series.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-04 06:43

    For me, this was a great place to leave this series of novellas - a lot of Abby Irene and her interactions with some compelling side characters.