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Ok, but not really my cup of tea
on 6 August 2010
Believable & interesting main characters and a good plot, centred around the long-term consequences of actions taking during WW1. However, it's only a 3 star read for me due to two minor niggles and one major irritation. Firstly, I became very bored with the endless descriptions of clothing. We need some knowledge of the fashions of the time to help set the scene, but do we really need such detailed lists of exactly what Maisie is wearing on every occasion? Secondly, Maisie finds two clues, around which are built a huge mystery, but we are not told what these clues are for some time...probably because once we know, the motive for the crimes becomes obvious. The greatest flaw for me is that much of Maisie's detection is based on some form of psychic ability. For example, she picks up clues from the 'auras' remaining in a persons room after they have left, a sense of pressure on her back tells her that the person she is talking to has more to tell her, and a sense of warmth in her fingers tells her that her hand is near to a hidden clue. If you find this believable then you will probably enjoy these novels (her detective methods in 2 other novels I have read are similar). I did not, which prevented me engaging fully with the story.