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What a sweet, inspiring book. I so enjoy literature that uplifts while it entertains the reader. Elnora Comstock is a wonderful example of facing challenges with a good attitude and perserverance.
For some reason, I held off on reading this one for a while; I think the flap copy had me convinced there was going to be a major division between Holmes and Mary, for real this time, and I couldn't bear the thought of it. Happily, I overcame my fears and this turned out to be one of my favorite Mary Russell novels since A Monstrous Regiment of Women. The main plot threads took some time to get going and I didn't realize until nearly the end that it's a Big Freaking Cliffhanger, but I liked the focus on Holmes' past and Mary's interactions with Mycroft.
A very odd sort of mystery and almost written backwards. It starts off with meeting the entire family, airing everyone's dirty laundry, and establishing that nearly everyone has a motive to commit the murder. The murder itself doesn't happen until about 2/3 of the way through the book - and when it does, it's no mystery at all - we're told exactly who, why and how. The rest of the novel just deals with the aftermath, and the little bit of suspense comes from wondering if the murderer gets away with it and if other characters get to keep their secrets. If I'd expected a traditional murder mystery, I would have been really disappointed. This is more like a standard novel that just happens to contain a murder than something that conforms to genre expectations. And it doesn't have the witty dialog that Heyer is known for -- an unusual novel any way you look at it! All the characters were very interesting and vivid - but I can't say I truly LIKED any of them, so if you're one of those people who have to like their characters, you'll probably have a difficult time of it.