Wow! Not sure what I actually expected from this book and am still not sure what I think I got out of it. Many of the aspects of death and what happen...moreWow! Not sure what I actually expected from this book and am still not sure what I think I got out of it. Many of the aspects of death and what happens to the body and what bodies are used for after death I was familiar with; though I'm sure I didn't know as much about them as I thought.
This is also not as gruesome a book as I was afraid it might be (though it was not described that way). There are gruesome parts - there have to be when you're talking about the decomposition of the body and what happens to the body after death. But some of the things that happen to the body after death, whether you choose conventional burial, cremation, donation to science or alternative methods of handling a dead body, it really is much more complex than I thought and expected.
Very interesting book. I have thought for many, many years that I wanted to be cremated when I died. After reading this, I'm not sure. Its certainly a thought provoking book as well a very interesting. (less)
Wow! What and engrossing and engaging series that I am thoroughly enjoying. I’m so, so sad that I’ve just read the last book in the series, thus far....moreWow! What and engrossing and engaging series that I am thoroughly enjoying. I’m so, so sad that I’ve just read the last book in the series, thus far. I want more!!!
A smart, strong nurse, serving in France during WWI is the heroine. This would not typically be an era that would interest me. It’s the lead character and her family that have hooked me and reeled me in – I am caught and just love this series.
The mysteries are complex, though you can follow them, and not at all obvious; at least to me. While Bess Crawford, the nurse, does stick her nose into situations where she probably should not go, she is not overly reckless and often is side-tracked by tending to her actual duties as a nurse. What a concept. What a delight. Bess is a singular character - one that is actually focused on and does her work; instead of neglecting it to investigate the latest mystery.
I hope there is another book in the works. This is too short a series to be dropped now. (less)
Mixed feeling about this book. Enjoyed this from the perspective that the heroine seems more in tune with her time and is not overly ambitious or aggr...moreMixed feeling about this book. Enjoyed this from the perspective that the heroine seems more in tune with her time and is not overly ambitious or aggressive in trying to assert her independence and individuality. She is more sedate and more reined in by society's mores; which actually is more in keeping with is what is likely to happen in "reality". She is different, she is striving to make more of herself and be an individual, but she is very aware of the society of the time and how she may appear. This doesn't stop her from doing what she feels she must - she just doesn't brazenly go against current mores.
She is also a bit over confident in her abilities. She jumps to conclusions often and reads too much into things. This is not necessarily a bad thing on the whole; but doesn't help and is not productive if you keep jumping off, when you have been proven wrong in the past. She needs to temper her impulsive investigative abilities.
Even so, this was a bit unsatisfying in a way. It almost seems formulaic, but I can't exactly explain why I feel that way. I think the hero, the suspected murderer, was a bit of a cliche. Then, Nell does seem to overlook her duties to a alarming degree for that time, while doing her investigation. She totally neglects hurt duties as nanny to just delve into the mystery. A bit too much like too many cozy heroines of today.
However there is enough of a juxtaposition to leave me wondering. I'll have to consider if I want to go on; at least one more I think. We'll see. (less)
Wow! Another interesting series I think I can embrace and enjoy. A strong, smart heroine that doesn't go off recklessly and half-cocked; though she do...moreWow! Another interesting series I think I can embrace and enjoy. A strong, smart heroine that doesn't go off recklessly and half-cocked; though she does stick her nose in where she probably has no business doing. She does end up in a periling situation; gut it really is conceivably something anyone would walk into, without suspicion or fear.
The mystery also has twist and turns that were unexpected, but still not complicated to follow. What a pleasant surprise. I really liked and enjoyed this.
Cute little series that I am thoroughly enjoying, even the heroine, Angie Amalfi, does such stupid stuff. She really is TSTL sometimes, but I still li...moreCute little series that I am thoroughly enjoying, even the heroine, Angie Amalfi, does such stupid stuff. She really is TSTL sometimes, but I still like her. I guess I maybe caught up in her romance with Homicide Detective, Paavo Smith. I think they may be a bit mismatched, but the seem to work very well together and certainly are a cute couple.
The mysteries are interesting enough, but I think its the characters that have me coming back for more. Angie's friend, Connie, is certainly featured in this book and seems to be developing some backbone and becoming more interesting. Instead of always going along blindly with Angie's schemes, she finally seems to have a sense of self and gets irritated with Angie now. Good for her. She needs to assert herself more with Angie.
Nice,comfortable,easy and enjoyable read today. (less)