Crime Par Ascendant
More on the lines of Vine's A Chimney Sweeper's Boy, this ...more
I thought this was interesting. Some parts are a bit overly technical, but it deals with a complicated process so that might have been unavoidable.
Martin is a journalist who starts researching his family history. Many people seemed to die around his great-grandfather - a Victorian physician and favourite with Queen Victoria, who seems to have a professional interest in Hemophilia. Martin's research leads to startling discoveries about his family history.
As well as the historical elemen ...more
As in A Dark-Adapted Eye, I really liked how Vine weaves together the past and present history of a family. One would think that the connection would be less immediate here than in A Dark-Adapted Eye, where the ...more
This is one of the Vines that Rendell/Vine readers are often divided on - many, like myself, love it, and others find it tedious going. I was engrossed by it from the get-go, though admittedly I find the historical sections of the book to be the more ...more
I had high hopes for this novel and let me say that it's certainly not bad. Her writing is definitely not for short attention spans or people who like everything all at once -- you have to wait for details, revelations ...more
I must confess, I skimmed over much of the House of Lords description (zzzzz) and often had to refer back to ...more
Crime par ascendant raconte l’histoire de Martin Nanther, auteur de biographies, qui écrit la vie de son aïeul, le docteur Henry Nanther, médecin anobl ...more
In many ways, it is a very surprising book. I hadn't read anything but Vine (or Rendell) before, but after reading this I have. The funny about this book is that the mystery is easily solved by an attentive reader. Anyone can figure it out before the narrator. I know it sounds strange, but that makes the book better. It allows for the characters to drive the plot and allows for the reader to care more about the ...more
This book went on and on and on.... Not the best Barbara vine choice - a mystery of genealogy and family link to hemophilia with a murder thrown in for good measure ... I didn't buy into the characters either . Trying this author? Catch a different title ...most r superior to The Blood Doctor.
Lots of contemporary detail here and I enjoyed t ...more
Vine seems to have changed her tune a bit over the years since she parted company with her alter ego Ruth Rendell. I'm not finding her books as spookily creepy these days but they are still very good. In fact I think this is probably my favourite story of hers.
Blood is the overarching theme of this novel in several ways. The narrator Martin Nanther, 4th Lord Nanther is losing his heriditary seat in the House of Lords reforms. He's also writing the biography of his great grandfather Henry, the 1...more
There are several main threads to the story - the modern-day story of Ma ...more
Vine is quite good at ...more
I personally found all the sub details about the House of Lords tedious in the extreme.
I actually worked out the secret almost straight away, where as in the Chimney Sweepers Boy it was more of a surprise.
However it was a good read and one can always skip the House of Lords sections.
Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986. Books such as King Solomon's Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna's Book (original UK title Asta's Book) inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of sec ...more