Book Report; The Art of Detection
I’ve been reading so many books over the past few months. Reading and listening technically. This one was a listener and it got me through many many miles on the elliptical and also is semi-responsible for my house not being a wreck because I listen while I clean.
This is a crossover book and for that I love it, but, I’m not sure it would be the same if you have not read the Mary Russel books. The fantastic easter egg of a story in the middle made my week. It can definitely stand alone but I wonder what I’m missing for not reading that series from the start because there are callbacks to things that I am sure are in other books.
It is a murder mystery – technically two – and it is well written in my opinion but I like the author’s slower and detailed style. She tends to write the background as a character in the story with tons of attention to what else is happening in the world. This one has an obvious (but not smack in the face too badly) theme of gay rights and contrasts them from a few different views; modern day, and, 1930-40, the United States and England. I am glad to live now where there may not be absolute equality but at least there isn’t a death penalty.
I will probably go read the rest of this series, there are more miles to run and clothing to fold.