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A good fiction debut
on 3 August 2011
I bought this because I've a fondness of historical murder mysteries and to be blunt it was very cheap, and I had no real expectations for it one way or the other
Having read it I can't help hoping this is the start of a series
It's quite a gritty, unsentimental portrayal of the period it's set in, with a nice vein of dark humour running through it. The central characters are quite engaging, as is the central mystery.
Certainly it's written in American English and as an English person I must admit the first time I read "trash" instead of "rubbish" it stood out for a moment, but I soon got caught up enough in the story not to notice, and as they wouldn't have spoken or thought in modern English anyway at the time it's set I don't see that it really matters.
I would have to echo other reviewers comments about it needing a bit of a proof read and about that sex scene, which really was very clumsily written and didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the book.
But other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it and very much hope to see more from this author.