Not exactly what I expected. The shocking secret about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln wasn't so shocking to me. Maybe there have been so many coNot exactly what I expected. The shocking secret about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln wasn't so shocking to me. Maybe there have been so many conspiracy theories, from JFK's assassination, men landing on the moon and 9/11. The secret was a bit of a letdown for me.
It was very interesting how a country doctor and a very strong and free Negro man doggedly pursue the unraveling of the conspiracy after the death of the man that prosecuted the conspirators commonly thought to have assassinated Lincoln. That man alluded to a shocking confession from Mary Surratt, the lone woman conspirator and whom many think was innocent to this day. Her confession would have torn apart our country at the time, and still would have the power to do so at the time setting of this book, only some 35 years after the death of Lincoln. That was the best part of the book to me; the interplay and grudging friendship that develops between these two very different men, with very different stations in their current society.
This ended up being satisfying, but not quite what I expected. ...more
This series has been a high and valued favorite of mine from the first book. I was a bit surprised to find myself having difficulty getting into thisThis series has been a high and valued favorite of mine from the first book. I was a bit surprised to find myself having difficulty getting into this book. I found myself almost skimming the book rather than really paying attention to what I was reading. Was it me or the book?
All I can say is I ultimately enjoyed the story, but I’m still not sure if it was me or the book. Am I just getting tired of the Sebastian and Jarvis (his new father-in-law) being mortal enemies. I realize politically they are far apart, but lately their aims have been much closer and they really have help each other out – albeit reluctantly.
I have been experiencing a high degree of stress in my life lately due to various reasons. It could well be me, since I have little patience these days. Only the next book will tell; hopefully. ...more
**spoiler alert** Wow. What a confusing and conflicting read. Guess that's what happens when there are few known facts about a famous author and her f**spoiler alert** Wow. What a confusing and conflicting read. Guess that's what happens when there are few known facts about a famous author and her family. Subsequent authors can conjecture anything they want with the facts they have on hand.
I'm not as disturbed by the conjecture that the author was murdered - supposedly, high levels of arsenic were found in her hair, preserved in memorial jewelry, that lead one to think she was deliberately poisoned. I have no idea if this is true or not. Never heard of this "theory" before.
I'm more disturbed by the portrait of her brother, Henry. In another fictional book, actually a series of mystery books, involving Jane Austen as an amateur detective, Henry is very engaging and likable. Here is is awful and very hard to believe. Not that bad things happen in families and why should the Austen family be immune. But really; having affairs and impregnating two of your sister-in-laws!!! It's just too much for me.
Henry is not Jane's killer, though she is sensitive enough and perceptive enough to caught on to Henry's deceits. (Deceits is a bit mild for what Henry has done; if he actually has did this.) No, another "family" member is to blame for Jane's untimely death.
I don't mean to down play the insinuation that Jane's death is the result of murder. That is really an amazing result to consider and embrace. It's almost fanciful in a way. From what little we truly know of Jane Austen, can she have really provoked and goaded someone enough to kill her? Doesn't seem really a likely outcome.
I'm still digesting this all. I really don't know what to think. ...more
These books are just so political and full of socio-economic issues. I can't keep up at times and frankly am not interested in keep up. I read books tThese books are just so political and full of socio-economic issues. I can't keep up at times and frankly am not interested in keep up. I read books to relax and escape from my socio-economic issues. I don't want to get immersed in other issues.
However, I really have come to like Aimee Leduc and her partner Rene. Its these characters that make me come back, despite my dislike of the political tone of the books. In this book the political issues seems to recede to the background, as Aimee and Rene become entranced and engrossed in a weeks old infant left on her doorstep for safe keeping. Its a very new side to Aimee I would not have suspected from the previous books. A nice and very pleasant surprise. ...more
Love the lead character. I think this is why I have such a hard time not coming back. The political and sociological focus of the series leaves me conLove the lead character. I think this is why I have such a hard time not coming back. The political and sociological focus of the series leaves me confused and befuddled. I find it to hard to follow all the political and sociological aspects of the story, while also trying to keep up with the mystery. It's just too, too much for me.
Yet, I can't help myself. I keep coming back. I just love Aimee, her business partner (and possibly something more; at least on his end)Renee and her godfather and best friend. They are a family I like and admire; though I'm having a hard time with the other aspects of the series. ...more