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Liberated American girl smacks up against Victorian England
on 25 August 1999
This is my first Kate Ardleigh, and also my first book by Robin Paige. The authors certainly did their research, and they insist on giving you all of it. If you're mad about Victoriana, you'll love it. If you just wanted a good old mystery, like me, you'll probably find yourself skipping over huge, dense gobs of detail on such things as the cameras in use at the time. Also, Kate's in-your-face liberatedness seems a bit forced. That said, this is a solidly plotted mystery featuring many colorful characters, both lovable and deliciously hatable, and the sights, sounds and mannerisms of the era are well done. By the end of the book, I found myself appreciating Kate's bravado when she gets the killer. She's a pushy broad, but I guess she grew on me.