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A Rare Interest in Corpses
A Rare Interest in Corpses
by Ann Granger
Edition: Hardcover

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker of a read!, 21 July 2006
I enjoyed Ann Granger's new offering very much. I was, at first, hesitant about the story being set in Victorian times but am now a complete convert and was very reluctant to leave 1864 as the book was coming to an end. The action starts immediately when we meet Lizzie Martin who arrives in London from Derbyshire to become companion to her late godfather's wealthy widow, Mrs Parry. Lizzie becomes entangled in the mystery of her predecessor's kidnap and murder. She meets again a figure from her past who also is involved in the investigation of the murder of Madeleine Hexham. Lizzie's feisty spirit is a joy to see in an era where repression of womankind is the norm and helps her through the many twists, turns, and characters she encounters till the identity of the murderer is finally uncovered. Ann Granger's excellent atmospheric descriptions take the reader on a unique journey in time to a London during Queen Victoria's reign in 1864, from the slums to the wealthy neighbourhoods, to the social and economical disparities of the class system, and the way people lived in those days in very basic circumstances and without modern conveniences. I found this a fascinating read. Well done M/s Granger!

Person or Persons Unknown (Rona Parish Mysteries)
Person or Persons Unknown (Rona Parish Mysteries)
by Anthea Fraser
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a really good read, 21 Mar. 2005
Absolutely loved this new Rona Parish mystery, the best yet in this series by Anthea Fraser. Rona, with her sleuthing cap on once again, going into the past to investigate the 25 year old murder of a young woman strangled in her bath. Many twists and turns until the surprising finale. An absorbing read, couldn't put the book down, and can't wait for the next Rona Parish instalment.

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