Classic Review: Mam’zelle Guillotine

Mam'zelle Guillotine by Emmuska Orczy
Mam’zelle Guillotine
by Emmuska Orczy

4 out of 5 stars

Another fantastic book in the Scarlet Pimpernel series! I especially like that we see more of Lady Blakeney in this one. She is one of my favorite characters, but after the first book in the series, she barely has any scenes.

I adore the Scarlet Pimpernel! He is such a brave hero, ready to sacrifice anything to save the innocent from the guillotine, and ready to dare the most outrageous plans to fool the evil villains.
I wasn’t exactly surprised by the plot line in this story, because by now I know how the Scarlet Pimpernel operates, and I could see the plot twists coming; but I still enjoyed the story! I enjoyed the execution of the plot and the energy of the writing! Even though I knew what was coming, it was still wonderful to see how it all played out.

The writing is way too verbose and long-winded, and tends to retell scenes that have already been told. I was skimming through long descriptive passages, when a sentence or two about the derelict village would have sufficed. I don’t need three chapters about storming of the Bastille. A paragraph would have been good. I don’t need three pages describing every dilapidated building in the village and how the church was burned down and how the landlord left his inn and now the roof is caving in. One paragraph would have been good. Seriously.

However, once the action gets going, the dialogue is excellent, and the writing is energetic! I love how the characters are described with such intensity!

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