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The Ruby in the Smoke
The Ruby in the Smoke | Philip Pullman
In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries--and realizes that she herself is the key to both. "In Dickensian fashion, Pullman tells the story of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart, who becomes involved in a deadly web of events as she searches for a mysterious ruby. The novel is a page turner, peopled with despicable hags, forthright heroes, and children living on the underbelly of 19th-century London. The story's events are exciting, with involved plotting. Settings and characterizations are exquisitely drawn. The first entry in a planned trilogy."--(starred) "Booklist. Reading level: 6.7.
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Judgemental_Biliophile
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You don't need a sparkling vampire or a well dressed billionaire to make you evolve as a character and Sally Lockhart proves this throughout this book. In a mere 209 pages Pullman manages to beautifully capture a nail biting thriller, flesh out each and every character in the book to such a degree of perfection that both heroes and villains alike, seemed to jump out of the page. My rating: 4.8/5.

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Judgemental_Biliophile
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Couldn't resist buying them 😅

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Battledoll
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Super quick read. But I liked the story and the characters. I wasn‘t completely satisfied with the ending but it was fun nonetheless.

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Amie
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#currentlyreading

I'm having a terrible reading slump and haven't read as many books this month as I normally would, so I haven't been posting much. These are all the books I'm currently trying to read. I'm hoping to break out of the slump soon!

wordzie 😍👍 9mo
mcipher I love the tagged book so much - one of my all-time favorites and such a comfort read for me. I hope you get out of your slump soon! 9mo
batsy I hope The Ruby in the Smoke helps! I enjoyed that one a lot. 9mo
Amie @mcipher @batsy I'm enjoying that one the most out of the bunch 9mo
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MariaW
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Forgie to review this one. I really liked, even though the big revelation at the end came a bit sudden. I will watch the movie next and decide whether it‘s a good one or not. #therubyinthesmoke #pullman #philippullman

silentrequiem There was a movie??? With Billie Piper!!! 🙀 9mo
julesG @silentrequiem My thoughts precisely! 9mo
MariaW @silentrequiem @julesG I only knew because I bought the movie edition of the book. I think it‘s a double feature. (edited) 9mo
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MariaW
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Started this one some months ago and never finished it. So I started all over.
#philippullman #pullman #therubyinthesmoke #rubyinthesmoke

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MariaW
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This was actually a book which was mentioned in one of my English schoolbooks I use in class. It sounded good, so I got it for myself. 😊
#therubyinthesmoke #philippullman #derrubinimrauch

a.bookish.byrd I wish that were my reading view 🌞⛱🌴 13mo
Moray_Reads I enjoyed this one, the next one not so much 😝 13mo
MariaW @a.bookish.byrd You have to come to Egypt for that one. 🤗 13mo
MariaW @Moray_Reads When I bought it I didn‘t know that it‘s a series, but found out with book. I‘m still looking forward to read the others. 13mo
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Peddler410
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I read this one as part of my YA Lit class in college. I enjoyed the many characters and actually created a cheat sheet for myself to keep the storylines straight.
This was my first Pullman novel.
#yawednesday

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#YAWednesday #mysterythriller
This historical thriller fiction series featuring 16-year old Sally Lockhart.

TheFunkyBookworm Ohh sounds like fun!!! Thank you for participating 💜🎉 1y
Literary_Siren This series is the best! 1y
ClairesReads This is such a great series 1y
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GatheringBooks i didn‘t realize there were so many books in the series! 1y
Chelsey Ok, my interest is piqued. Gotta look them up now 1y
Bookcation74 @GatheringBooks same! I remember loving the Tin Princess but don‘t recall knowing about the others! 1y
MirrorMask Is that Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)???? 1y
Peddler410 I LOVED Ruby in the Smoke! But I never read the rest of the series. 1y
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shanaqui
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It's been ages since I read this, but for some reason I felt like it today. I don't know if I'll bother rereading all of them -- I never liked The Tin Princess that much, and I think The Tiger in the Well was a longer read. This one took me just over an hour and I ate it up: Sally is a great heroine.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I have the Sally Lockhart mystery #series on my TBR shelves. I‘ll get to them one day. Soonish.
#litsyclassics #maylovesclassics

batsy I love this series 💙 1y
Sarah83 Gorgeous edition 😍 1y
Itchyfeetreader These are beautiful covers 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead Lovely editions! I‘ve got these on audiobook but haven‘t gotten to them yet, though I did enjoy the BBC production of The Ruby in the Smoke a few years ago. 1y
youneverarrived Lovely editions ❤️ 1y
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BeckyK
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Almost done on this! Not as great as I was expecting, but I‘ve enjoyed it! Northern lights is still my favourite Pullman though 😊

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MayJasper
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Today's #uncannyoctober photo challenge is #hatsandotherheadgear
I was spoilt for choice
@RealLifeReading

Cathythoughts Some nice hats 👍 2y
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melissajayne
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Book Haul #3. Was listening to @Robchilver and @magic_kitten on their podcast, Adventures with Words, and Kate mentioned this series. Ordered them from Amazon UK.

Order of books:
• The Shadow in the North
• The Tin Princess
• The Ruby in the Smoke
• The Tiger in the Wall

HKGirl This series is a good one! Really enjoy Philip Pullman's writing style but I'm not super into fantasy...so I was excited to find this historical fiction of his. 2y
melissajayne @HKGirl I found the series when I was 12 or 13. Loved it. 2y
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Gillyreads
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Found these at a secondhand book fair. Really like the cover design on these copies

ByronBiblio Aah, I love Sally Lockhart! Very underrated members of Pullman‘s genius output... 2y
Gillyreads @ByronBiblio for years I just assumed this was the series people meant when they talked about loving his books. 2y
ByronBiblio Hehe- you were ahead of the crowd. 2y
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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With the death of her father, 16 year-old Sally Lockhart has been left an orphan. Struggling to live with a cold aunt, she receives a mysterious letter that will bring her in the path of her father's killers and a cursed ruby.

I loved Phillip Pullman's Dark Material series but hadn't realize he'd written a mystery series until I saw the PBS series (this is one of two episodes). Set in Victorian England, I enjoyed this short mystery novel.

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misslupescu
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Time for another new read for me.
I do like Pullman's work, so hoping this is as good as what else I've read! 😊

#newread #secondhandbook #prelovedbooks #philippullman #fiction

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Bookgoil
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I loved revisiting this series in audio and felt captivated by Sally's story and mystery yet again. Pullman was one of my first fave authors and the reason is his writing really pulls you into the story.

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scaifea
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A mystery involving a 16-year-old girl, her recently-deceased father's past and his shipping business, an asian triad, a handsome young photographer who isn't great with money, a really nasty old woman, a ruby, and a fair amount of opium. Not a bad read; the story was enjoyable enough, but I wasn't engaged to the extent that I feel I need to read the rest of the series.

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Moray_Reads
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Sally Lockhart is a teen heroine with plenty of skills and spirit! After the death of her father she must find her own way in the world and put to rest her suspicions that his death was no accident. It's a fun, atmospheric, action-packed adventure, YA but with plenty for adults to enjoy. I've only read the first one but I'll get to the others one day... #smellsliketeenspirit #junetunz

Cinfhen Such fabulous covers! 2y
batsy I adore this series! 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Picked this series up @TheBookmarkPR Boutique today. Hoping it will help me overcome the feeling of depression blanketing me today. And Harry and Hedwig always bring a smile to my face!

DrexEdit I always put my faith in Philip Pullman. 3y
kspenmoll Looks like it my just do the trick; added to my TBR. 3y
drokka I really enjoyed the Sally Lockhart books. Have to suspend disbelief occasionally, but the main characters are fun. 3y
mcipher I love that series so very much. I hope you enjoy it! 3y
quietjenn Such a wonderful series. 3y
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Alliterati
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#bookishresolutions

To read more of the books on my "someday" pile, they've been neglected for far too long, already.

To stay more on top of book releases... it was so much easier when I was working in a bookstore, can't be lazy, now!

To investigate into my school library's Percy Shelley collection... they have a 20-something volume set that was making me drool.

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Alliterati
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Finally getting around to starting this series. It's been a few years in the making, but the end of the semester seems like a good time to start! So far, it's REALLY good! =] #formerbookseller

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erzascarletbookgasm
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"Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man." Pullman's 16-year-old heroine who "shoots like a demon" and is always involved in a deadly web of events, is not your normal girl next door.

The Honourable, fabulous Miss Phryne Fisher, 1920s‘ most elegant sleuth, handles danger with aplomb and flair..all in her stylish outfits!

These 2 are my favourite #kickassheroines #seasonsreadings2016 @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading I've not read this Pullman series before! And I'm wondering why exactly that is... must amend that soon 3y
Hobbinol ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Emiller Love Miss Phryne Fisher ❤️ 3y
moranadatter Totally with you on this one. Love Phryne! 3y
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Dogearedcopy
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Reputedly, Pullman wrote a play for his daughter and her friends for some sort of school event, and that play was the genesis of the Sally Lockhart stories! Dark, intense, and well-researched, these are steampunk novels that feature an independent young woman who confronts the harsh realities of Victorian life while solving a couple of its mysteries. The audiobook narrator (Qyburn on GOT) is absolutely brilliant #audiobookpantheon #recommendsday

kdwinchester I love these so much!!! 3y
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Mc_cart_ny
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Oh, this was one of my go to #rereads growing up! I just loved it so much! 💗

whatthelog Omg I loved these!!! I wonder where my copies went... 🤔 3y
Mc_cart_ny @whatthelog My parents sent me 'all' of my childhood books a couple years ago but I only just put them out. I seem to be missing quite a few and I may be stealing from their house over Thanksgiving! 3y
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bookwrm526
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#somethingforsept #septphotochallenge There's just something about the expression on her face....and that mean old lady....and the colors...that made me choose this one for ugly cover day!

SusanInTiburon Such a shame; I thought it was quite a good book. 3y
bookwrm526 @SusanInTiburon I haven't actually read it yet, I picked it up at the used bookstore, but my brother also said it's a terrible cover for a good book 3y
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ellenorange
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About to see The Ruby in The Smoke performed at the Ed Fringe! It had been a wonderful week and a bit of fantastic, thought provoking and awe-inspiring shows!

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Bowave99
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Just started this series from a favorite author...lets see where it goes!

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Peddler410
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First intro to Pullman. There is alternating points of view which may leave some readers confused but this is so worth the read. Ten years ago I recommended this to many of my 8th graders. Sadly, this wonderful book is too high for the majority of my recent 8th grades.

anwade88 Wow have you noticed that much of a drop in comprehension/ability in ten years? 3y
Peddler410 Unfortunately, yes. But it also goes to work ethic. My students don't want to commit. Also, we've had a shift in demographics and this book is not a fit. 😢 That doesn't mean I don't try. 3y
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caoranach
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Trying to break out of a mega reading slump with a reread of an old favourite