Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews The Goddard Affair by Scott Marlowe

Today we have a book review from Terry, she blogs at


Terry Chose to read and review The Goddard Affair by Scott Marlowe


The Goddard Affair by Scott Marlowe

About 4.8 out of 5 stars

As with most well constructed sequels, it is best to read the prequel first (in this case, the previous volume about The Assassin Without A Name, The Killing Knife), but not imperative.

I’ve just spent a very enjoyable couple of hours reading this. The assassin attends a dinner party given by a society he wishes to infiltrate, which is where he meets the intriguing Gwendolyn Morgan and becomes involved in her fight with her brother, one of the assassin’s clients. But never mind my summary of the plot; I made notes when I was reading as I usually do, but they didn’t do it justice. You’ll discover the rest of the plot for yourself when you read the book; my job is to say BUY THIS NOW if you love seriously good adventure in fantasy worlds not so unlike our own. Or buy it because you love ingenious weaving of unguessable plot about-turns and skillful characterisation, especially if your preference is for those that make you say “I’d better go and download the next one” as soon as you’ve finished it!

I’m not a lover of fantasy fiction, generally, but Marlowe does that clever thing that only truly talented writers of this genre do: he makes his imagined world seem so believable that the reader is not always conscious of the fact that it IS fantasy. His hero is super smart and witty and the story itself is a gem, but the beauty of this book lies in the smooth, amusing prose that seems almost effortless. The Goddard Affair reminded me of Roald Dahl’s My Uncle Oswald (a book most definitely for adults, not one of his children’s stories).

I can say no more except that this is one classy writer – highly recommended.

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14 thoughts on “Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews The Goddard Affair by Scott Marlowe

    • Thanks, Judith! There IS method in my star ratings, it’s not just random! 4.5-4.9 means ‘couldn’t say it’ll be in my year’s top 20 but it’s very, very good’!! I am not a lover of fantasy either, but (as I’ve discovered thanks to #RBRT!), Scott Marlowe is one of those truly talented writers whose prose is so artful it could make you weep 🙂


  1. A brilliant review Terry that’s just compelling me to get into this series – you’re doing a great job on this blog Rosie of spreading the word on great books we wouldn’t hear of otherwise 🙂


    • Thanks Georgia, it’s a lovely way to discover new books and try genres we wouldn’t normally go for and it gives lots of new authors a chance in the saturated world of books.


    • It’s one of those books that anyone would enjoy, Georgia and Alison – you’re not aware of it being fantasy, it’s just a tale of an assassin (how many SSSes??!). Not a big commitment, either – only took me a couple of hours to read.


  2. Ha ha ha, Rosie, spoken like a serious player!!!! It’s a bit like Mississippi – as my sister’s boyfriend said “I know how to spell it, I just don’t know when to stop”


    • Hi – I save 5* for my absolute favourites. There are books that I think are really terrific but don’t quite hit that 5* spot for me; it’s a gut feeling more than anything else, which is how I award the stars.

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