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Curtains for the Cardinal by Elizabeth Eyre
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Sep 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, library
Read in September, 2008

It would have been more helpful if I had ignored the library's mystery-section sticker, and the detective-y description on the inside cover, because both labels tend to make you think of either Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or at least something Very British, and this is none of those. Entertaining Machiavellian plotting and intrigue is probably the best classification, and once you get around the genre issue, it's a good, fast read.

The only jarring note are the short, sometimes really short chapters, with overblown titles, which made the pacing of the story awkward. They'd be better off replaced by not chaptering at all, using Pratchett-esque story breaks. (A glossary and character flowchart would have been helpful too, given how many people you get exposed to, and how fast their chapters go by. But then, that's the nature of Machiavellian power struggles, isn't it?)

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