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LORD JAMES HARRINGTON AND THE WINTER MYSTERY (Lord James Harrington Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The pace of this well-plotted story is good and the way that the story is set into the events of village life is vivid and enjoyable. I soon became fond of the characters and wanted to know more about them all. It is all pleasantly innocent, in a way; when Lord James needs an expletive, he says 'Goodness!' and the main characters, though they have their faults, are mostly just terribly nice. This isn't a criticism, since I enjoyed the wholesomeness of it all. Even the bad characters are just human beings with redeeming features. It is a picture of a delightfully English and rural way of life which was already coming to an end in the nineteen fifties, where people still listened to the radio for entertainment [though by 1957, televisions were becoming common] and, if they wanted to telephone somebody, had to find a telephone kiosk. I loved it and wanted to read more, though I knew it was an idealised picture.
There's some well-researched and fascinating information about old customs, and some ancient history, wound into the story. My only criticism is that there are a couple of blatant spelling mistakes repeated more than once - 'mantel' instead of 'mantle', 'pouring' when it should read 'poring', 'whiskey' for 'whisky' [only Irish booze is called whiskey]. There's an occasional grammatical mistake and a couple of sentences with a word missing or the wrong word inserted so the sentence no longer makes sense. These really are occasional and don't spoil the pleasure of reading a generally very well-written book, but they show that a stage of copy-reading was missed out. This is a self-published book and a good one. I'll be reading more from this pleasantly entertaining series.
Ms Florkiewicz has a deft touch with her plotting and characterisation which makes it an easy and compulsive read but, personally I feel she went a bit over the top with her musical references as if to prove she had done her research into the period and yet the book has a modern feel to it - it does not resonate of a bygone era.
I would happily read another book in the series if it came my way as it is an easy way to pass a few hours but it would not be on my must read list.
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