This is a fun, engaging read. Revelations keep appearing until nearly the final page. If you tend to be archival in your own research and enjoy the kinds of discoveries that come from exploring old houses, books and public records you will enjoy this book. The author engages us in the science of astronomy through historical revelations and the romance of stargazing. A new favorite for me.
Lady Emily as the narrator of this tale is an educated and articulate woman whose observations evoke the beauty and romance of Venice . She and her husband Colin have been called to Italy by her childhood nemesis to solve the murder of Emma's father in law. A central theme of the mystery revolves around a feud between two ancient noble Venetian families . The feud dates from the time of the sacking of Constantinople. Besides being ancient and noble these families are also incredibly stubborn.
As the tale unfolds it is interspersed by the story of two star crossed lovers that dates from the time of the doges. If you enjoy art history as much as I do all the references to the palazzos , churches and painters Of Venice will delight you. This is a good book. I plan to listen again in five or six months.
The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.
Priscilla Royal focuses as much on the everyday life of the inhabitants of the priory as the story she carefully unfolds. The characters stay true to their values although I wish their relationships were a little less stagnant. Worth reading
I don"t know how this got published. Absolutely adolescent. Please don't bother even if it is being given away
I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book.
I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos
Bostwick's characters are revealed through believable dialogue and storytelling. Several difficult storylines, -cancer- divorce- infidelity- , are told with both unflinching candor and compassion . I look forward to more entries in this series
A colorful tale with good characterization and well written dialogue. Francis, an undercover Dublin cop, has escaped Faithful Place, an old Dublin tenement 22 years ago and has not revisited his family until the story begins. Originally he was planning to escape with his teenage sweetheart Rosie, but she does not show up and he goes on alone. He returns because Rosie's suitcase has been found in a deserted tenement building in Faithful Place. Conflicts and politics of the Dublin police force, destructive forces of domestic violence and alcoholism and explorations of what love looks like keep the story moving. I was disappointed in the denouement that failed to adequately address Francis relationship s in the present or at least failed to end when they had been addressed. The author couldn't help herself from returning to those teenage years.
The hero has an unbridled temper that often gets in the path of his reason. The heroine is a typically naive debutant whose ignorance of all things sexual creates multiple stumbling blocks on her path understanding love and marriage. The vicious gossip of members of the ton and a set of twins keep the story moving albeit for a little longer than necessary
After reading Isabella I looked forward to reading this second entry in the series. Starting in Armenia with a vague archeologist and his bewitching daughter we travel with them back to England accompanied by a handsome rake . Multiple engagements, one kidnapping, a couple of elopements and lots of lords and ladies keep the tangled plot moving. The dialogue is great fun and kept a smile on my face all the way through.
The author is enamored of his own views and often falls into a political polemic that fails to enhance the story . Descriptions of the novel suggest that it involves a mystery about a medieval chalice. It doesn't. It is just a weak detective story. Disappointed
This well plotted adventure story was worth reading. However I was frustrated by the deaths of so many characters. The ending was dramatic but not satisfying. There were too many unresolved story lines and too many story lines were resolved by death
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