©2006 Barbara Cleverly; (P)2007 Soundings
Tug of War is an entertaining period piece filled with clearly drawn characters and following an enjoyably mysterious plot. The reader is very good.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I listen to Cleverly's Sandilands mysteries for light listens as I go about my chores -Most contain pretty mundane mysteries but with bits of setting and history interest for fans of historical fiction, without the heavy violence of some of the genre. When Cleverly tries to direct her hero into romance, the results can be laughable (must have taken dialogue lessons form Ken Follet). Tug of War avoids the romance and, through memory and mystery, explores bits of the human and darker sides of WWI (like Jacqueline Winspear). She gets more respect as an author from me after this one.
If you have been reading this series, you know how wonderful it is. But this is not a mystery. It is a story of WWI and the lives it changed. It is very very good. But for those, like me, that have fallen in love with this mystery series, you may be disappointed.
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