Among the historical themed books I’ve read so far, I think no one does quirky characters like Anya Wylde. When I first read her Penelope, I thought sAmong the historical themed books I’ve read so far, I think no one does quirky characters like Anya Wylde. When I first read her Penelope, I thought she was too aloof for her period, but now that I’ve read Murder At Rudhall Manor I see that as a charming side to her heroines in general.
First of all, let me warn you if you’re getting into this story expecting a historical romance. Though we meet a few side characters with their own tangled relationships, and the undercurrent of a possible romance in the far future between Lucy and Lord Adair-they do seem like they’d make an adorable odd couple- this wasn’t a story revolved around any romance. In fact, for all its strangely charm, this was a murder mystery sprinkled with lots of quaint characters. Lucy, as the heroine, was a daydreaming, very creative young woman who liked to get lost in her own scenarios. Perhaps in another author’s hand she might’ve ended up annoying, but was pleasingly odd in Anya Wylde’s writing. I found her character to be very likable and definitely ahead of her time. She had a sense of humor I could appreciate and her monologues-we read the entire book from her perspective-very entertaining and engaging.
The rest of the characters, including Lord Adair, could only be side characters considering Lucy’s strong voice, but I liked reading them all the same. Lord Adair was the closest to rival Lucy’s odd charm, and from the first moment of his introduction to the last page we see him, he was surrounded by an interesting aura. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded reading his point of view also. His mind worked in tangles I believe, and the path he took in his head to solve the murder I would’ve loved to read in more detail. The rest of the people in the book, from the lusty widow of the deceased lord of the manor to her two sons and daughter who had something to gain from his death, to the staff with their own agendas and different personalities, were fun to follow.
A light, fun mystery this book was, with its own set of quirky characters that I’m beginning to think are a specialty of this author. Without giving me time to dwell too much on anything, the story jumped from one creative scenario in Lucy’s head to another, in sync with the real life mystery that challenged Lucy’s ever working mind. Those who enjoy a good ol’ whodunit would definitely like this one. Plus, the cover is a joy to look at, it certainly reflects what you get in the book....more
Yet another great book from a great writer. Naguib Mahfouz has an ability to take a difficult story and turn it into a beautiful and engaging one withYet another great book from a great writer. Naguib Mahfouz has an ability to take a difficult story and turn it into a beautiful and engaging one with messages for the understanding. I've first discovered his beautiful writing when I read his Palace Walk trilogy and I am determined to read all his books that I can find. The word 'beautiful' comes first to mind when I talk about this author and I strongly recommend at least his Palace Walk trilogy which I believe sheds light into the history of Egypt through the lives of a family's three geerations.