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Hangman Blind (Abbess of Meaux Mystery 1) Paperback – 4 Sept. 2008
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- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848540205
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848540200
- Dimensions : 14.6 x 2.2 x 20 cm
- Publisher : John Murray; First Paperback Edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 598,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Cassandra Clark's prose is flawless (Daily Telegraph)
'Hildegard is an engaging protagonist, sensible, kindly, resourceful and believable; she is also endearing susceptible to a pair of Saxon blue eyes (Ulf) and Norman grey ones (Hubert). Fans of historical crime will relish this' (Joanna Hines, Guardian)
A strong novel about how denying the past can destroy lives (Sunday Age)
'A promising new heroine' (Diplomat)
'The political background is intriguing and Hildegard is a strong and likeable heroine with a big future' (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)
'The quality of research in this novel is obviously of the highest order and one can only look forward to the next in the series.' (East Riding News)
'Clark delivers a medieval whodunit which is both delicate and dangerous, reeking of lust, treachery, greed and violence and which keeps the reader at least one step behind' (Northern Echo)
'Hangman Blind is a brilliant book which I thoroughly enjoyed - not just because it's set in 1382 with all the richness of that period, but because it's so well written' (BFK Books)
'A well written and engaging story' (Euro Crime (online))
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I have only given 4 stars as I accept there are periods (just a few) where it is a little slow. By book two that rating is increased to 5 stars & I am becoming very fond of shadowing Hildegard while she solves crime. Good series so far.
As with all first novels in a series there are issues to be dealt with, the main one being how much 'back-story' or character introduction can an author get away with. Too little and the character isn't embraced, too much and the narrative is spoiled. I think Clark has done a good job here - I am interested to know more about Hildegard but have learned much.
My biggest concern with this book is about the number of different plots, some were tied up and some were left open, some characters just appeared from nowhere to complete a plot line. However that doesn't distract from what is essentially an entertaining (and short) book.