11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant period details, racy writing,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Rival Queens (A Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery) (Paperback)
This is the second of Fidelis Morgan's 17thC detective novels drawing on her knowledge of Restoration female dramatists, and once again the period flavour and details are great. The plot, on the other hand, is decidedly full of holes - although if you wanted to be charitable you could point out that so are the plots of many female (and male) playwrights of the time, and so maybe this is in fact a deliberately contrived device rather than just a lack of heavy editorial control! The only thing I found mildly irritating was the slightly anachronistic name of the main character (Anastasia? Really?) and the dialogue, which wavers between period slang and definitely twenty-first century sloppy. However, notwithstanding all that these novels do have a very definite charm and are infinitely better than most of the third-rate, supposedly 'historical' detective fiction currently swamping the market, and for authentic background details on cosmetics, staging, players and prophylactics against syphilis this really couldn't be beaten. A great, funny comfort read, curled up in front of a fire with a cup of chocolate or a sack posset. I'm looking forward to the next!
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