Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2008
I like reading mystery novels set in different countries and different times so I thought this one would be fun. I was disappointed. The story is not very original, although some of the characters are. Don't know what more to say. I won't read more.
I really couldn't get into this book. There were several story lines initially and way too few likeable characters in any of them to catch my attention.
This is a very gross story, but it is very well done and you definitely get caught up in Jack Caffrey, the main police character. For whatever reason, I tend to like this stuff, but I definitely would not recommend it for the faint of heart.
I really liked the three books in the series about the RUC cop in Carrickfergus. In part because it made me feel really glad my ancestors had the sense to leave northern Ireland in the 1870's. But, seriously, it gave a real feel for what it was like to live through all the troubles just trying to do your job. And the character was pretty likeable.
I didn't really feel that kinship with the main character in this one. I read it because someone else said it was their favorite by this author. They must have seen something I didn't.
This book, in and of itself, is not that spectacular, but it moves the story along and since I love the series I very much enjoyed it. I am, however, very anxious for the next episode.
This trilogy is definitely gripping and gritty. I can't tell you how happy it makes my that my ancestors left northern Ireland when they did (well before this story) or this could have been a portrait of my life. That said, the books are about someone who stays even though he knows just how bad it is; and who still sees the beauty that is there. Makes you think at least.
I have been a huge fan of this series, but this one was just painful. Having Barbara Havers go completely off the rails was just too much. Killing of Helen was bad enough but this is a bridge too far....
There were enough things I enjoyed about this story that I have decided to try one more - mainly because of what is says about China that I find interesting. The part that focused on the atty/client privilege issues and all of the agonizing the American atty character did about that was a bit off - but then I practiced merger & acquisitions law for 20 years and have my own thoughts on that subject. But I hope I'm not wrong in assuming that the slant on Chinese politics is more accurate.
I love the Ian Rutledge stories and so I was hopeful for this series, but after reading three of them I just can't get on board. I appreciate the attempt to create a plausible female lead and give her a framework that actually allows her to accomplish something - but it is really too forced. If you want to enjoy a female heroine from this time period try Maisie Dobbs.
Initially I was skeptical because of the changes in point of view and also because of some of the gore, but I got sucked in and in the end it was tied up quite neatly. I will read something else by this author, although I am not yet a complete convert.
This is not so much a story about how the mystery of Linear B was solved as it is about how a woman could have solved it, probably years earlier, if the world hadn't been so prejudiced against her. And, as an older woman who remembers those times, I am sure that is true. But I lived that story and really didn't need it rubbed in my face again. I'm glad someone finally gives her the credit she is due, but I would have liked more about what she actually figured out and how as opposed to the litany of how she got @#$@# over.
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