No plot spoilers
Based on the reviews I have read about this book I was expecting a post WWI Rector and his daughter solve a cozy British mystery. It isn't that at all. The story is set during the Regency Period around the Napoleonic Wars--early 1800s. It is a wonderful period mystery with terrific characters, village intrigue and loads of fun interaction and insight. The narrator has a slow drawn out sort of voice which added to the feel of the era and the suspense and drama. The author paints every scene with just enough information to transport the reader back in time. To me it proved an excellent diversion that gained speed gradually and held my attention to the last word. I've done some checking and it is the first book of a new series--book two is due out in December 2014. Can't wait to see what happens next.
This engaging story is well written and totally captures the hauntingly lonely sea side life the main character has chosen for herself. She is a forensic archeologist working in the field, lecture hall and with the police as a solver of crime. Her work focuses on working out mysteries from the past and present. The story is heavy on nature, mythology, archeology and spookiness in general. I really enjoyed the narration and way the book unfolded. It held my interest-- as any good page turner should. As the first book in a series it bodes well for readers who enjoy crime stories with a dash of odd characters and brooding nature thrown in. But be aware--it is creepy!
I really enjoyed this installment in Louise Penny's Three Pines series. It was a complex and carefully thought out mystery with all the depth I have come to expect from this author. Each book builds on the last and deepens the listener's understanding of the characters gradually. Her writing transports the reader effortlessly and perfectly to the Canadian countryside for a summer vacation. Poetry, art and music are woven neatly into the experience. The careful explanation of delicious food prepared and eaten by all sends this reader into the kitchen to whip up something that is hopefully as good as all the food sounds. Definitely an added plus! I am looking forward to the next book--can't wait to see what will happen. A recommended series that holds the interest--not your average "mystery" fluff.