What's there to say, other than that I'm totally in love with this series! I was kinda hoping to finally give 5 stars to one of these books but I felt...moreWhat's there to say, other than that I'm totally in love with this series! I was kinda hoping to finally give 5 stars to one of these books but I felt it wasn't quite there for me. I thought the mystery was a little boring but it was far less convoluted than the last book. And Hero! I'm such a Hero fangirl, she's just made of awesomness. I was hoping for a little more Hero/Sebastian but I know the buildup to their relationship is really the best part; all I have to say is I cannot wait for the next book!(less)
This is niether suspensful nor thrilling and I couldn't make myself care any less about the mystery or protagonist and her boring group of friends. Al...moreThis is niether suspensful nor thrilling and I couldn't make myself care any less about the mystery or protagonist and her boring group of friends. All of which is just my lame excuse for abandoning this.(less)
A few months ago I started reading the Sebastion St. Cyr mystery series, I loved it and read all five in less than five days, then bought the sixth a...moreA few months ago I started reading the Sebastion St. Cyr mystery series, I loved it and read all five in less than five days, then bought the sixth a month later, but the next isn't released until March (I don't think I can wait much longer). So anyway, I've been trying to fill the void by reading other historical mysteries and Still Life With Murder is one of them.
In 1864, twenty-two yr. old Nell lives with and works for a doctor, though she's had no medical training (which kinda bothered me, but whatever). He is called away one night to the house of a prominent Boston family. Nell meets the matriarch Viola, who asks Nell to come work for her as a nanny/governess (yet another job for which she has no qualifications). Four years later, Viola and her husband are surprised to learn that, William, their oldest son who died in a POW camp years earlier, is actually alive and has been arrested for murder. Viola puts Nell up to the task of finding out what happened and to keep William from hanging, but he doesn't make it easy. William has accepted his fate and wants no help from Nell or his mother, and though he hasn't denied his guilt he also hasn't admitted it either, and Nell begins to believe he may be innocent afterall.
I didn't enjoy this as much as the Sebastian St. Cyr series but it was still very good. I was really annoyed during most of the book because I totally new who the real culprit was (something I disliked about The Mistress of the Art of Death). Turns out I was wrong though and I was totally surprised at the end, which made me like this a whole lot more. (less)
In 1940, four Germans are rescued by a Spanish sea captain. Before departing, a one-eyed German gives the captain a gold emblem. The story behind the...moreIn 1940, four Germans are rescued by a Spanish sea captain. Before departing, a one-eyed German gives the captain a gold emblem. The story behind the emblem and the Germans is not revealed until sixty years later, to the captain's son.
In 1919, Paul Reiner is a young German boy who knows almost nothing about his dead father. He and his mother, Ilse, live with Baron von Schroeder and his wife, Brunhilda (Ilse's sister). In the Schroeder's house, Paul and his mother are treated like servants, but after a surprising revelation, Paul and Ilse are thrown out and Paul spends the next fifteen years trying to find out the truth about his father's life and death.
The only thing I really disliked about this story was Alys, I thought she was kind of annoying and I didn't really feel anything between her and Paul. It felt like their relationship was a little rushed, if not forced. Other than that, I thought this was wonderful. I'm not to sure about the comparisons to Shadow of the Wind but i'd be lying if I said I didn't think they were similar. I loved the way Gomez-Jurado writes and I will definitely check out some of his other books.(less)