There seems to be some odd things going on in the city of London lately Take the murders, for instance quite peculiar And those missing statues What s going on there And shouldn t St Paul s Church have a roof Odd Horatio Lyle, of course, is no stranger to well, strangeness In fact, he finds the lure of the unknown quite invigorating But having just survivedThere seems to be some odd things going on in the city of London lately Take the murders, for instance quite peculiar And those missing statues What s going on there And shouldn t St Paul s Church have a roof Odd Horatio Lyle, of course, is no stranger to well, strangeness In fact, he finds the lure of the unknown quite invigorating But having just survived the most frightening episode in his life, the last thing he wants is that pompous Lord Lincoln sticking his nose in again and demanding that he take on another case the police are too thick to solve Of course, His Lordship can be painfully persuasive at times, so it should come as no surprise that Lyle, along with his young prot g s Tess the thief and Thomas the rich kid , and his faithful hound Tate the smart one , is soon up to his neck in events of a singularly unscientific nature.
The Obsidian Dagger Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle There seems to be some odd things going on in the city of London lately Take the murders for instance quite peculiar And those missing statues What s going on there And shouldn t St Paul s Church hav
like I am not kidding i read this series again and again because it is warm and wonderful and magical and surprising and i love the characters and if you like Dr Who meets Sherlock with a Natasha Pulley chaser, then this is the book for you
The Obsidian Dagger is the second book in the Horatio Lyle series by British author, Catherine Webb As Horatio, Thomas, Tess and Tate work on their pressure differential velocity aeronautic device, their research is interrupted by Lord Lincoln, who insists that Her Majesty once again requires Lyle s input into an important case A ship s captain and one of Lincoln s agents have been murdered on board ship As always, Lyle is given little to go on, but he certainly garners information from the sce [...]
This thing I find most difficult about these books is the same thing I love about them They ve such a unique style that sometimes it feels like I m skimming the surface, rather than sinking in to the plot, but then this skimming the surface brushing the edges of the conversations is exactly the same thing that draws me inBut one thing they always are, is fun especially the relationships between the three main characters, which is the source of much of the humour , exciting with fantastic action [...]
The Obsidian Dagger starts without conjuring memories of school papers in my mind, so I guess that s a good start There is, of course, a murder that has Lord Lincoln going to Horatio Lyle for help He goes to the hero rather than the other way around and finds that Horatio is building an airplane.An AIRPLANE view spoiler He doesn t call what he s building an airplane It s an aeronautical device or some sort like that But really An airplane I suspended belief in the last book when Horatio made a t [...]
Back when I was still in MG, I came across the Horatio Lyle series I ve forgotten what they were about now, but I remember really enjoying them So, when I went to the library, I hunted down the series they only had one available, and sadly, it s not the first book But, I still enjoyed reading it.The Obsidian Dagger is a murder mystery Two men are discovered dead in a boat A series of murders follows Horatio Lyle would like to stay out of this, but Lord Lincoln is basically twisting his arm until [...]
Boy, am I glad I found this series Just goes to show you shouldn t judge the book by it s cover Simple as it is, crude and right darned ugly, on the inside lies a hidden pearl It s so well written, even by adult standards And all the rest you need is there too humour, suspense and 4 strong and likable characters Even Tate the longeared mutt is someone you gladly embrace especially Tate the longeared mutt and whether or not you re partial to the outlandish elements of the plotIt s a matter of ta [...]
I truly enjoyed this alternate history fantasy young adult series, and Horatio Lyle is now one of my new favourites Lyle, a Darwin era inventor, thinker, scientist and sometimes special constable, is called on by Her Majesty s agents to solve some mysterious goings on involving strange people with green eyes, magnets, machines and assorted other odd happenings.I found the first few chapters awkward in their wording especially the dialogue between Tess and Horatio , but after this Webb hits her s [...]
I simply couldn t finish it.The story line is interesting and I like the quirky characters but there is so much I dislike.This is the second book and I still have no idea how old either Tess or Thomas are There are long descriptive sections that really just take up space the whole first chapter is basically just description essentially about snow And then there are things repeated just how many times did I read that someone s voice is marble or maple syrup or a purring tiger And just what is tha [...]
The extraordinary adventures of Horatio Lyle indeed What a crazy story Tons of action and a great mystery plot as well, all along the early Sherlock Holmes Science and mystics all wrapped up in one I enjoyed the characters, but did wish I had started with the first of the series I think it would have filled in the details and there were alot of hints of what had happened in the past without too much explanation in this story But it s a great adventure none the less Definitely worth the read and [...]
Reading this right after Madness of Angels was a rather weird experience The atmosphere, the setting, the overall feel was just like Madness of Angels , albeit one that is lighter and less gloomy.It is a good read for a younger audience, and was very well written The characters were entertaining, the mystery was intriguing and the action sequence was well written The plot itself was set up nicely to lead into the next book.Unfortunately, I prefer the grittier reality of Matthew Swift compared to [...]
Still CSI type regency fun This time I felt like I was missing of the plot from not being born in London I do find the little moments where the characters meet real people from that time this book has six year old Arther Conen Doyle just a tad annoying, especially when I don t always recognize what s going one at first I still think it s exceptionally well written for a YA book, not the plot which is also good but the style of putting words on paper I m definatly going to buy these if I can fi [...]
This suffers from the same problem as the first Horatio Lyle book Catherine Webb wants to be Terry Pratchett of the earlier Discworld books She is, however, not that funny nor insightful All the characters are one dimensional Teresa is never than the scrappy ingenious urchin, Lyle is Sherlock Holmes and Sam Vines rolled into one, and Thomas is the indiscriminately aged he could be anything between 8 and 18, according to the schizophrenic characterisation toff who seems uselessly na ve unless ca [...]
A perfectly decent book, just not to my tastes I liked the main character, Horatio Lyle, and his two sidekicks, but overall the ponderous style trying too hard descriptions straying from setting the scene to showing off research, trying too hard humour as exemplified by the scene where Thomas meets young Arthur Conan Doyle and emphasis on action over character the villains are particularly poorly developed did not do it for me.
2nd in the Horatio Lyle series where he is asked to investigate the mysterious deaths of a captain who brought an equally mysterious cargo from an island in Italy Statues come to life, scratches are found on the inside of a sealed lead coffin and things are not quite as scientific as Horatio would like.
Horatio Lyle and his young friends are back The story is interesting and magical, although a bit tiring nearing the end, and the ending is a bit too flat You may count how many wounds Lyle get in the book that could be a fascinating pastime that gives you a strange pleasure.
Catherine Webb, AKA Kate Griffin, AKA Claire North, is an extraordinary writer.
I love the characters The plot is too faced paced for me.
My least favorite of the Horatio Lyle books, but still liked it.
LOVE THIS BOOK
The Obsidian Dagger is a well written story And as with all other Horatio Lyle books, it never fails to deliver the trademark humour of Horatio and his two helpers from very different backgrounds.
I love the prose, and Horatio is cool But the ending was unexpectedly flat and that s why I only give it 3 stars instead of 4.
There is nothing bad I can say about this book It s the epitome of writing perfection.