Monday, March 9, 2009

More March Reading-5 books in March so far

#39--Evil Intent by Kate Charles- 4–another Church of England liturgical mystery-
a series of mysteries that occur in different Church of England parishes- the cast of characters changes but usually contains some of the same people although in different roles or situations-and the religious background (with prejudices and dogmatism and the infighting of the papists versus the "real" church) makes a great backdrop for rich character and plot development. These books are all about the characters and how they live and behave in a fairly regimented situation– I have enjoyed all that I have read so far!

#40-- Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear- 4.75- the latest Maisie Dobbs mystery takes place over Christmas/New years 1931-32. It’s interesting to see what has and hasn’t changed about “asylums.”As always, she gives us a masterful picture of the times as well as an indepth look at how society of the time treated the war-wounded and others whose minds were damaged by everyday life. It’s also a fascinating look at how WWI impacted the understanding of traumas and war and psychology. All of her books are superb and well worth reading and re-reading.

#41--Uncoffin’d Clay by Gladys Mitchell- 3--an English countryside mystery very much in the Agatha Christie vein, including some of her racism. It was okay but I won’t search this author out again.

#42--A dead man out of mind by Kate Charles-- 4---another Ecclesiastical murder

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