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Mermaid In The Basement (Lady Trent Mystery V1) [Paperback]

By gilbert morris (Author)
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Lady Serafina Trent is outraged when a young woman ends up dead and her younger brother is the main suspect. With the help of new friend Dylan Tremayne, Serafina is able to solve the mystery and, with trepidation, begins to open her mind and heart to the possibility that there is a God.

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A wealthy widow of a nobleman, daughter of a famous scientist, and skeptic who only trusts what can be proven.

Meet Serafina Trent. A woman about to take 19th Century London by storm.

It's London, 1857, and everything is at stake for Serafina Trent. A woman of means . . . but not the typical Victorian lady who feels her place is to be seen and not heard. When her brother's most recent female dalliance, a beautiful actress, is found murdered, all evidence points to him. Especially since the actress had just rejected him in a most public manner. Now everyone believes Clive is headed for the gallows. Everyone, that is, but Serafina.

Determined to prove her brother's innocence, Serafina finds herself working with unlikely allies--including Dylan Tremayne, a passionate storyteller and actor with a criminal past. This novel will hold fans of mystery and history spellbound until the very last page.

Victorian England comes alive in this intriguing new series from one of Christian fiction's favorite authors.

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Lady Serafina Trent is outraged when a young woman ends up dead and her younger brother is the main suspect. With the help of new friend Dylan Tremayne, Serafina is able to solve the mystery and, with trepidation, begins to open her mind and heart to the possibility that there is a God.

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Mermaid In The Basement (Lady Trent Mystery V1) by gilbert morris has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 08/20/2007 page 42
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/08/2008
  • Library Journal - 02/18/2008

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   330
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 4, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Series  Lady Trent Mystery  
ISBN  084991891X  
ISBN13  9780849918919  
UPC  023755028198  

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More About gilbert morris

Gilbert Morris GILBERT MORRIS has written numerous novels for both adults and young people. After teaching high school, pastoring several Southern Baptist churches, and chairing the English department at Ouachita Baptist University, Gilbert retired to write and publish full-time. He has written more than 200 novels, including the Seven Sleepers series for youth. He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife, Johnnie.

Gilbert Morris currently resides in Gulf Shores, in the state of Alabama.

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The Mermaid In The Basement by Gilbert Morris  Dec 27, 2009
Viscountess Serafina Trent is not the typical high-society, well-to-do woman. She is a scientist who has learned to believe only in what she can see and trust only what she can prove. When her brother, Clive Newton, is arrested for the murder of an actress, all the evidence points to him. She believes with all her heart that he is innocent and attempts to use her brilliant, scientific mind to set him free. Dylan Tremayne, a superb theater actor, volunteers to assist her in her search for clear Clive's name. Reluctantly, she accepts help and finds his friendship to be a blessing to her life. Together, they work day and night, and an attraction grows between them despite Serafina's determination to never marry again.

The Mermaid In The Basement by Gilbert Morris is both a mystery and a historical fiction book. It is very well-written and the plot and characters were completely believable. I enjoyed how the author introduced the protagonist to Charles Dickens at one point. The romance between Serafina and Dylan was highly predictable; however, the ending was not. I intend to visit the library soon and see if the sequel to this book is available.
Do some basic research before writing "historical" novels!  Mar 24, 2009
I picked up this book thinking it looked like an entertaining historical mystery, but the inaccuracies--as another reviewer has pointed out--became unbearable. The hero, in 1857, recites "The Darkling Thrush," a poem written by Thomas Hardy in 1902. The heroine's father is shown experimenting with "vitamins," which were not named until even later in the 20th century. The book seems to say "Oh, it's Christian fiction, we don't have to worry about those pesky little things called 'facts'!"--an attitude which spoils the reader's enjoyment of appealing characters and a moderately interesting plot. An author's note acknowledging some of the historical liberties would have helped, but a little effort put into not taking those liberties in the first place would have been better.
I am a Gilbert Morris fan, but...  Mar 22, 2009
I have enjoyed Gilbert Morris books for years, and I liked his previous mystery series, but this book disappointed me. Yes, it had its elements of interest. However, by the fifth chapter, I grew weary with the plot as it became predictable. When I reached the tenth chapter, I had figured out the ending... and after debating whether I should continue reading the remaining twelve chapters, I went ahead and read the ending. It was as I predicted.
Don't get me wrong, I love his novels. This book just isn't one of my favorites.
Plagued with inaccuracies...  Dec 29, 2008
As an Englishwoman,and an avid 'cozy mystery' reader, I was really looking forward to finding a new series of books to enjoy - especially as these were set in my favorite time and place - Victorian England. Sadly, I was very disappointed. The author had very obviously not performed enough research into his subject and there were many errors. Some of the most grating errors were the Victorian aristocracy eating 'Buckwheat Pancakes' for breakfast - and the young (Lord or Viscount - can't quite remember) calling his mother 'Mum' - a very common term which would only have been used by the poor/working class section of society, never a child of his social class. I only managed to complete about a third of the book before the errors became so grating that it was really spoiling the storyline for me. It may be a very entertaining book if you are somewhat ignorant of English history, or are able to ignore all the errors.
disappointed  Nov 4, 2008
I so enjoy all things Victorian/Sherlock Holmsian and was looking forward to a good read. The beginning of the book was quite enjoyable -- well-described and so Victorian. However, as it progressed it became way too preachy. It became more of a story about a dashing Christian man trying to convert the main character. The mystery seemed to take a backseat far too often. I knew it was Christian fiction, but... You naturally identify with the main character, Serafina, a self-described scientist who has no room for "religion." But the Christian reader, as he/she identifies with Serafina, feels like he/she is the one being preached to. (I also wasn't too crazy about the inuendo that "science" and "religion" are incompatible at worst, or that faith is ethereal and not fact-based at best.) The other disappointment was that I was able to figure out the murderer way before the reveal. I'm no whiz, and actually I've never before "solved" a mystery beforehand. Finally, not everything was explained in the end. Serafina apparently solved a secondary mystery which was connected to the main plot, (don't want to be more specific and give anything away) but what she discovered was never revealed. It's a shame. I think there was alot of potential in the book and I enjoyed much of it -- just not enough to read any more in the series.

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