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The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon
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Oct 10, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from April 10 to 18, 2010

An absorbing book. The protagonist is complex, and her voice is a wonderful anchor to the different story elements. I was intrigued by the story of a woman lawyer in post-WWI London, and the cases she follows each have curiosities of their own. The writing is thoughtful, and the pacing led me along with a measured yet expectant tone. I haven't been choosing much historical fiction (apart from discussion titles) lately, but this made me hungry for more.

re-read (audio): 10/10

audiobook note: Reader Josephine Bailey effectively distinguishes the many characters' voices, but I didn't care for the exaggerated flatness and abrasiveness of her Canadian inflection. Of course, this may well have been intentional, since the character herself doesn't exactly blend into the background.
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