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Literature / Julian Kestrel

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A short series of historical murder mystery novels by Kate Ross, featuring crime-solving Regency-era dandy Julian Kestrel assisted by his Cockney valet Dipper. Sadly Ross passed away in 1998.

The novels include:

  • Cut to the Quick (1994)
  • A Broken Vessel (1995)
  • Whom the Gods Love (1996)
  • The Devil in Music (1998)

There are also two short stories, The Lullaby Cheat (1997) and The Unkindest Cut (1998).

Tropes found in the Julian Kestrel series include:


  • The Dandy: Julian, of course.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Julian meets Dipper when the latter attempts to pickpocket him.
  • Precocious Crush: Early in the series the 20-something Julian meets 11-year-old Phillipa Fontclair, who frankly informs him that she intends to marry him when she grows up. They become pen pals and exchange letters throughout the series.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Suspect Quentin Clare in Whom the Gods Love is actually a woman posing as her dead brother.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: The victim in Whom the Gods Love.

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