08. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Teen Books · Tags:

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress, 440 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/29/2012

Meet Cora: an inventor’s apprentice. Highly skilled and an exceptional problem-solver. Loves explosions and gadgets.
Meet Nellie: a magician’s assistant. Capable of hiding anywhere, even in plain sight (especially in plain sight). Talented with sleight-of-hand and an excellent performer.
Meet Michiko: the assistant to a self-defense teacher (who, in spite of his bluster, is not nearly as brilliant as he suspects). One of the few girls accepted into training as a samurai. A genius with weaponry. Doesn’t quite understand these crazy Brits, but these other two girls seem worth knowing.
When a series of mysterious deaths unfolds in London, three women find themselves drawn together. In a man’s world, they have difficulty being taken seriously (in spite of their obvious skills and talents). When they realize that the whole of London may be threatened, they join forces to to save the day.
The Friday Society is a fun, stylish romp through an alternate turn-of-the-century London. The girls each bring something unique to the table. The mystery at hand gets a bit convoluted at times, but characters never disappoint. I particularly love Michiko. She doesn’t speak much English, so her perspective is that of a distinct outsider, but her assessment of situations is spot-on. The repartee is always witty (even if more modern than it probably should be) and the girl-power vibe is palpable through and through. The mystery may be solved by the end of the book, but it’s clear that the adventures of these three ladies are nowhere near complete.

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