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The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon
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Feb 21, 10

bookshelves: mystery, first-read, historical-fiction
Read from February 19 to 21, 2010

Eveyln and her family are stuck in the past. Nothing has really changed inside their house since they were notified of her brother's death in WWI. After the war, Evelyn pursued her dream and became one of the countries first female lawyers. Evelyn struggles to find a career in a field where women are not accepted. Evelyn is also responsible for providing for her mother, aunt and grandmother. After years of just going through the motions, everything changes with the arrival of a woman and her son - who just happens to look like her late brother. In addition, Evelyn becomes involved in two cases - a child kidnapping and a murder.

Set in the 1920's, the novel looks at the struggles that women faced as they started to leave the genteel world of the family parlor and start to build lives of their own. It looks at the prejudices that Evelyn faced while pursuing a career as a lawyer. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes courtroom drama and stories dealing with family dynamics.
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