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Cruel Habitations

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
When Sophie Lilburn leaves London for the sleepy town of Westmead so that her husband Chris can pursue his dream of singing in a cathedral choir, she knows that it will bring changes to her life. But she is not prepared for the claustrophobia of Quire Close, or the extent to which her career, her relationships, and even her marriage will be affected. She learns that11 year ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2000)
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Jim
Aug 18, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
This book by Kate Charles was quite satisfying, a good example of what I think of as the sub-genre of the Anglican murder mystery.

The book focuses on two women: Jacquie and Sophie. Sophie has left her life in London so that her husband can take a job in the cathedral of the small West Country city of Westmead. While her husband flourishes in his new job, Sophie feels increasingly unhappy and alienated. She feels claustrophobic in the mediaeval close in which they live, and things only get worse
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Julia
Feb 07, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Although this is in the mystery genre, it's more of a book about women adapting (or not) to change.

Sophie is a 30-year old woman who moves from London to the town of Westmead because her husband has gotten a job as a singer in the Westmead Cathedral Choir and as a history teacher in the local school. The cathedral is the biggest thing about Westmead and Sophie feels oppressed by its dominance.

Jackie is a divorced woman from the small town of Sutton Fen, whose life was dominated by the fundamenta
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CLM
Jul 28, 2007 CLM rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A very skillful author who uses ecclesiastical settings for several of her mysteries.
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