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The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn
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Feb 20, 2009

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Sixteenth in the series. The exposition can get tedious as there is a lot of re-establishing of basic characters regular readers already know, with little to no character development beyond superficial levels. This is a breezy read, however, if you just want some escapism and are interested in such historical particulars as the specific layout of the Tower of London, how it served as a combination garrison and tourist attraction in 1925, and what daily life was like then for Beefeaters (the fancy dressed traditional guards you might vaguely remember from the picture on a gin bottle). As always in Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, probably the most interesting embedded tensions (beyond grisly murders) can be found in the conveyed interactions between social classes going through cultural shifts in England in the 1920s.

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