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Complication without fascination
on 14 December 2014
This book is not set in York as are the earlier books in the series. The plot is more complicated than the earlier books without being sufficiently interesting to make you want to keep track of it. There are slightly too many characters in too many locations.
These novels all seem to include a note at the end - which would be fine if it just gave a little added historical background, but the author's notes treat the characters in her stories and the events in the characters' lives as if they were real. When she is talking about higher status characters who are based on real people about whom historical records give some detail, this makes sense, but the lines often seem to get blurred.