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The Tainted Cup

de Robert Jackson Bennett

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A Holmes and Watson-style detective duo take the stage in this fantasy with a mystery twist, from the Edgar-winning, multiple Hugo-nominated Robert Jackson Bennett "Superbly blends mystery and fantasy . . . Give me more of this world and these characters ASAP!"--#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Gardiner In Daretana's greatest mansion, a high imperial officer lies dead--killed, to all appearances, when a tree erupted from his body. Even here at the Empire's borders, where contagions abound and the blood of the leviathans works strange magical changes, it's a death both terrifying and impossible. Assigned to investigate is Ana Dolabra, a detective whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. Rumor has it that she wears a blindfold at all times, and that she can solve impossible cases without even stepping outside the walls of her home. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, magically altered in ways that make him the perfect aide to Ana's brilliance. Din is at turns scandalized, perplexed, and utterly infuriated by his new superior--but as the case unfolds and he watches Ana's mind leap from one startling deduction to the next, he must admit that she is, indeed, the Empire's greatest detective. As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the Empire itself, Din realizes he's barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra--and wonders how long he'll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect. By an "endlessly inventive" (Vulture) author with a "wicked sense of humor" (NPR), The Tainted Cup mixes the charms of detective fiction with brilliant world-building to deliver a fiendishly clever mystery that's at once instantly recognizable and thrillingly new.… (mais)
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New Robert Jackson Bennett book snuck out right under my radar and I'm not okay/can you guess where I'm going as soon as payday hits tomorrow??
  escapinginpaper | May 18, 2024 |
This was a refreshing take on a murder mystery, with quite a bit more fantasy woven in than I had anticipated. It definitely took my full attention to keep up with the world building as well as the mystery, but the characters are great and the plot is exciting and puzzling (in a good way). Excited to see this is the start of a series. ( )
  KallieGrace | May 8, 2024 |
This book was so unique. It's set in a fantasy world where humans enhanced with magical gifts ( if they can afford them) live in fear of Leviathans in the sea breaking through boundary walls to destroy their communities. But the core of the story is a murder mystery-- actually multiple grisly murders. The investigators are an appealing Sherlock Holmes-ish older woman and a newly minted recruit who is a young man. They have a quirky relationship and spin out the investigation in a brilliant way. Highly recommend this one!! ( )
  Aronfish | May 1, 2024 |
Well wasn't this one a pleasant surprise.

Not that I should be surprised...Robert Jackson Bennett has never let me down. I've always enjoyed each of his novels that I've read...yet...weirdly...for some reason, perhaps based on the book's description, I rarely expect to.

But this one? Hmmm...I still think American Elsehwere is his best, but this is a very close second.

Yes, it's in a fantasy world setting, so...how to describe this? Imagine if Terry Pratchett joined forces with Jonathan Maberry, mashing their fantasy worlds of Discworld and Kagen together, then Pratchett wrote his own Holmes and Watson characters, making Sherlock far more housebound and feral and foulmouthed and calling her Ana Dolabra, and Watson far younger, far less sure of himself, and responsible for being Ana's bloodhound and eyes on the ground, and calling him Dinios Kol, or Din.

The rest of the story should be enjoyed as it unfolds, with no spoilers. But it's a mystery within a mystery within a mystery, and it's so much fun.

Easily one of my favourite novels of the year. ( )
  TobinElliott | Apr 14, 2024 |
I've been a fan of Robert Bennett Jackson's fiction since "City of Stairs," so my expectations for this new trilogy were rather high. This being the case, I'm pleased to report that Bennett's new novel is all that I've hoped for, as one starts out immediately with the murder investigation, set in an empire that functions on the basis of what could be best called bio-alchemy; a by product of said empire's giant monster problem. All the action is presented to the reader from the perspective of one Dinios Kol, a rather callow young man who is hanging onto his place in the imperial bureaucracy by the skin of his teeth. I'm not going to give away anymore, this being a murder mystery after all, but if you've ever enjoyed Bennett's previous books, you owe it to yourself to read this one, and it might also be a good place to start if you haven't previously indulged. I have no qualms giving it top marks. ( )
  Shrike58 | Apr 13, 2024 |
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A Holmes and Watson-style detective duo take the stage in this fantasy with a mystery twist, from the Edgar-winning, multiple Hugo-nominated Robert Jackson Bennett "Superbly blends mystery and fantasy . . . Give me more of this world and these characters ASAP!"--#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Gardiner In Daretana's greatest mansion, a high imperial officer lies dead--killed, to all appearances, when a tree erupted from his body. Even here at the Empire's borders, where contagions abound and the blood of the leviathans works strange magical changes, it's a death both terrifying and impossible. Assigned to investigate is Ana Dolabra, a detective whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. Rumor has it that she wears a blindfold at all times, and that she can solve impossible cases without even stepping outside the walls of her home. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol, magically altered in ways that make him the perfect aide to Ana's brilliance. Din is at turns scandalized, perplexed, and utterly infuriated by his new superior--but as the case unfolds and he watches Ana's mind leap from one startling deduction to the next, he must admit that she is, indeed, the Empire's greatest detective. As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the Empire itself, Din realizes he's barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra--and wonders how long he'll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect. By an "endlessly inventive" (Vulture) author with a "wicked sense of humor" (NPR), The Tainted Cup mixes the charms of detective fiction with brilliant world-building to deliver a fiendishly clever mystery that's at once instantly recognizable and thrillingly new.

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