Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review: And Only to Deceive

TITLE: And Only to Deceive
Book 1 in the Lady Emily series
AUTHOR: Tasha Alexander
GENRE: Historical Mystery
PREMISE: A young widow investigates her deceased husband's affairs and finds some surprising things.
MY REVIEW: This week's library find is an historical mystery series. Emphasis on historical, mystery as an afterthought. If you want Sherlock Holmes style're better off going elsewhere. Not the mystery is bad or nonexistent. It's there and there are intriguing things there. It just...takes awhile to get to the actual mystery part.
However, if you want beautifully described historic places, this is your book. Alexander is a great history writer for sure. She nails this setting. I also really enjoyed the slight feminist awakening in the heroine. Well, feminist for that time period anyway. So if you're a history buff who likes romantic suitors pursuing the independent female...this is for you.
So, this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved the setting, I quite liked the heroine, and the mystery was appropriate for the time perio. It just was...slow. Really really slow. So I'd advise patience for this one if you decide to give it a whirl.
WHO SHOULD READ: historical fiction fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five widows gaining independance

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