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Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis
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May 25, 2010

it was ok

Vienna Blood is the sequel to Death In Vienna. The beginning presents an intriguing case that is tossed at the reader like a scattered deck of cards and over a course of many pages, begins to form a well-played hand. Reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes detective story, Vienna Blood is packed full of historical detail and delivers an intelligent and well-written mystery. Tallis draws on case comparisons to Jack the Ripper when tracking a serial killer. Also, other fascinating historical persons directly interact with main characters including Freud. This story is refreshingly cliché free, which can be a rare experience in crime stories.

Some readers may find the mystery rather slow-moving. In addition, a great many characters are presented and can be quite difficult to keep straight. This is further complicated by the references made to other fictional characters. Without the knowledge of the references, the ‘hint’s’ or expected conclusions may be lost on the reader. It takes some effort to understand which characters are important to remember and which ones are named for scenic purposes, or really weren’t necessary to name in the first place because they end up being insignificant. To fully enjoy the story, the reader may have to pause to look up plays, songs, operas and poems. This was a difficult novel to rate because the research and writing is a 4 star quality, but I simply did not find the book enjoyable. I chalk this up to my personal taste and not due to the author’s talent and therefore, have given it two ratings.

4 Star writing, 2 Star enjoyability
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Reading Progress

May 25, 2010 – Started Reading
May 25, 2010 – Shelved
May 25, 2010 –
page 1
0.17% "I am about to start this book...."
May 27, 2010 –
page 29
4.9%
May 31, 2010 –
page 59
9.97%
June 1, 2010 –
page 109
18.41% "Love the tie in with Jack the Ripper. Story has classic detective feel to it."
June 24, 2010 –
page 171
28.89%
June 26, 2010 –
page 283
47.8%
June 26, 2010 –
page 283
47.8% "so many characters to keep track of!"
June 26, 2010 –
page 309
52.2%
June 27, 2010 –
page 343
57.94%
July 1, 2010 –
page 371
62.67% "Was a bit slow in the beginning and a lot of characters to keep track of, but it is coming together. This is a book you have to stick with to the end."
July 7, 2010 –
page 415
70.1%
July 10, 2010 –
page 457
77.2%
July 11, 2010 – Finished Reading

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