Ummm, did I review the first chapter? Yes? No? I might get back to it when I can.
Anyway, onto the story. What a great read! I've never actually read anything I this kind, never actually seen a film noir. I vaguely remember watching some with my grandma when I was little, and all I can really remember was smoking guy with hats, smart pretty girls and lots of fog. Needless to say, you've got it all!
Really, I'm loving the mood of this all, with the dramatic light descriptions and all. It seems that there's a much more complicated plot than in This Longing, which I guess could be expected since this story is oh so fresh and new. Did I mention I love it?
Anyway, I'm so glad you're writing Minerva as the 'misterious woman', and I definitely see her riddling an putting herself in danger for justice. I can't wait to see more of her (and her silhouette :P) and how she hides her tracks in bringing Tom down.
And it's so great you're writing Moody again! I absolutely adore him, this grumpy enigmatic quirky kind of figure whose only true passion is chasing dark wizards. I loved how he thought of the rest of the Ministry as silly people (except for those dealing with papers) (I also have a cocky Hit Wizard in my newest story xD), and how he hates his 'inefficient' side, wooden leg and difficulty in finding parchments.
Aaand it's canon! I know how tricky it can get to write canon Mineva (silly pottermore) and I think you already know that, so I applaud you! All those dates JK gave us (somewhat late ;) ) are a bit complex but I feel you have a great take on exactly how and why she left the Ministry to become a teacher and I really can't wait to read more. (crossing fingers for some Moody/Minerva, because it'd be hilarious and in a film noir they always get together *just guessing-remembers kisses I used to bleurgh at*.
I do hope you'll find the time to continue this with the same style and descriptions, I want to know what's going on!
Your faithful reader ;P
Author's Response: Wow, thank you for this, Val! It was a great treat to receive a review for this story - it's not exactly popular material for a fanfic, but it's the kind of genre for which I've always had a soft spot. Haha, you've pretty much got it in a nutshell - lots of hats, lots of fog, and femme fatales who cause all the trouble. :P The latter is insanely problematic (it's something I'm going to challenge with Minerva in this story - she's too much of a proper feminist to not resist such labels). I'm really glad to hear that you like what there is so far of this story! It means a lot to hear that. ^_^
There is more of a... set? plot than there is in "This Longing" (which I think of as my glacier story, moving slowly and painfully along an unknown course). I have a plan for this story, and I just hope that it works. Thankfully, the film noir genre is known for crazy plots often accompanied by loopholes and inconsistencies - it makes my job a bit easier at least. ;)
It's strange how perfectly the Pottermore Minerva fit into this story. It wasn't my original intention to include her in that way, but it's worked out for the best, especially in that she has worked in that department. The difficulty will be making a clear connection between her and Riddle - that part is still sketchy in my mind, and I haven't decided whether I only want Minerva to mention it, or whether I want to include an actual flashback of those scenes.
It's wonderful that you like Moody's characterization! It's slightly different from what I've done in other stories - he's more of a classic detective here, and I don't yet have a strong handle of his character (I have no backstory for him at all, and I'm hoping that it won't be necessary).
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this! Your reviews are fantastic and always a pleasure to read and respond to. ^_^