A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden

A Dangerous Duet

This dazzling new Victorian mystery from USA Today bestselling author Karen Odden introduces readers to Nell Hallam, a determined young pianist who stumbles upon the operations of a notorious—and deadly—crime ring while illicitly working as the piano player in a Soho music hall. Perfect for readers of Tasha Alexander, Anne Perry, and Deanna Raybourn. Nineteen-year-old Nell Hallam lives in a modest corner of Mayfair with her brother Matthew, a...

Details A Dangerous Duet

TitleA Dangerous Duet
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Mystery

Reviews A Dangerous Duet

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW ON NOVEMBER 6."What else could be happening behind the scenes at The Octavian except piano playing and entertaining of every sort?The suspense was enough to keep you guessing and doing some detective work of your own. Nell’s involvement was not the best decision on her part. She was dealing with a dangerous group of thieves.I enjoyed the characters, and Ms. Ogden’s writing style was detailed and interesting.If you enjoy mystery, s...
  • Kate Baxter
    Such a delightful and captivating read this was. Foggy streets of Victorian London, sinister forms lurking in shadow, poor urchins stealing riches in exchange for bread and a dry sleeping spot. Juxtapose that against the lovely yet modest home in Mayfair where nineteen year old Nell Hallam runs through her scales and arpeggios in preparation for her piano audition at the Royal Academy of Music. Of course there's no point in preparing for the audi...
  • Donna Foster
    A proper clean read that is in tune and musically written.
  • Kathy Martin
    Nineteen-year-old Nell Hallam has has been working at the Octavian music hall for some months to raise money so the she can attend the Royal Academy and study piano. Of course to do so, she needs to disguise herself as a man and not let her older brother Matthew know what she is doing. Matthew is newly an inspector at Scotland Yard. He has been quite busy lately trying to track down a ring of thieves.Nell has some interesting times and meets some...
  • Megan Iranpour
    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway! I really enjoyed it. The story flowed so smoothly, and I was engaged from page one. The characters are well developed and I was invested in them as I read. Once the main character begins to unravel a crime/mystery, it really goes fast, as you want to know what happened! More a fiction crime mystery than historical fiction, I enjoyed this story from start to finish.
  • Kidlitter
    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.This is an energetic and absorbing mystery, set in the vibrant world of the Victorian music hall. Going out to theaters to enjoy live entertainment was an enormous part of British culture for many decades. The music hall was a place where a variety of acts performed, often alternating serious culture with lowbrow and comic bits. Singers, dancers, comics, and freaks all compe...
  • Chazzi
    Delighted to receive this book through Early Readers!Nell Hallam and her brother Matthew share a nice home in Mayfair. He and inspector at Scotland Yard, she an aspiring concert pianist of high talent.For Nell, acceptance into the Royal Academy is her goal, but it is out of their means. To earn money she has taken to playing piano at the Octavian, a Soho music hall. To do this she must dress as a man and sneak out of the house at night. Victorian...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Great Victorian era mystery with a terrific character in Nell! Nell's a pianist who can't afford the lessons she very much wants so she's creeping out of the house at night to play at the Octavian. She finds herself entangled with a crime ring- and trying to avoid her brother Matthew, a Scotland Yard detective who is trying to crack down on it. Is her love interest Jack one of the bad guys? Nell finds this world fascinating (and you will too). Sh...
  • Kathleen
    This was a really great read and really kept my interest. The MC is a pianist so the story has a very heavy musical bent. Not being musical myself, sometimes I was a bit lost, but it did make for an interesting story line. The author does a great job building the characters and they each came alive while I was reading really easily and really well. Since the MC's brother is a police detective I am going to assume there may be more books in the fu...
  • Lynn Pernezny
    As a musician, I'm drawn to novels in which music and/or musicians are featured. This book includes both of those elements. Nell Hallam is a young pianist who hides her identity as a woman to get a job playing in a London music hall, in order to earn tuition money to attend the Royal Academy of Music. At the music hall, she meets a number of unusual characters, and learning about the true nature of two men attracted to her (who have discovered he...
  • Wendy
    After reading so many historical novels where proprietary was the utmost concern, it took me a bit to adjust to the more laid back attitude in A Dangerous Duet. Given the situation, however, it made sense that Nell would have more wriggle room, even if she wasn’t always the smartest with it. I really liked that she was determined enough in her desire to be a pianist that she came up with her plan and pulled it off. I also liked that the plot wa...
  • nikkia neil
    Danger, passion, and murder give this novel its own unique flavor. Music plays a big role in this story which is lovely. This novel has it all! Suspense, action, and a great love story. Thanks to to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the free review copy.
  • Cheryl Rowland
    I won this book in a giveaway and it was so enjoyable! Thank you!I love historical fiction because I learn about a historical period while reading an engaging story.This was a well researched novel taking place during the Victorian era. The characters were well developed and very likeable. It had aspects of many of my favorite criteria for a good read: some history, a mystery the characters get involved in and try to solve, a good love story, alo...
  • Veronica
    This type of book is right up my alley and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a different sort of historical fiction. Loved it.
  • Bethany Swafford
    To earn the tuition for the Royal Academy, Nell disguises herself as a man to play piano in a Soho music hall. She is drawn into a conspiracy far bigger than she suspects when a friend is left for dead. Her heart is also not safe from Jack, who may be more involved in criminal activities than she realizes.Nell is a lovely protagonist. I admired her determination to follow her ambition, even if it meant unconventional means. Her struggles to overc...
  • Nancy
    4.5 starsAgainst the wishes of her family, Nell wants to become a concert pianist. To raise money, she puts on male clothing and takes a job as a pianist in a music hall. While working there she gathers info. on a crime ring her brother, an Inspector at Scotland Yard, is trying to stop. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel and liked the mystery.
  • Nancy Jo
    After I read Karens blog and history, I realized I was correct in thinking her research was in depth and incredibly accurate in all her writing.