I read this book about 18-Aug-2001. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1999. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:27:04 PST.
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My first real "historical mystery" books were the Ellis Peters books (about Brother Cadfael, at the monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury). Although I read Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Doroth Sayers essentially as "historical fiction". The period they took place in wasn't anywhere close to mine. I haven't tried this series before; I just stumbled on it in the bookstore today, and it looked worth a try, although they didn't have the first books of the series. Well, we'll see.
It wasn't much good. The characters didn't seem to me to be well-drawn, differentiated, or any of those good things. Little individuality, more quirks than personality. Not much for meaningful history or interactions.
The writing improved a bit towards the end. The plot twisting is rather nicely done, and final ending is actually rather suprisingly horrific. The problem is that I don't care much about any of the people by then.
I'm not going to be seeking out the rest of this series.