Face Down upon an Herbal Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : September 28, 2010
- File size : 289 KB
- Print length : 295 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Belgrave House (September 28, 2010)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00452V846
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #757,451 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The 2nd in the Face Down series (the first, Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie), Face Down Upon an Herbal continues the further sleuthing of Susanna, Lady Appleton, this time away from Leigh Abbey and most of those in the first book (no Jennet, nor her now-husband this time around). I enjoyed the change of scenery, and I again enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of what must have been 16th century life for an upper crust couple (tho *she's* the one who had the dough!).
And that's what I especially take away from these first two in the series, as I like reading a fiction set in an historical setting. As I said in my review of the first book, I am taking a course on the Late Middle Ages, and this seemed to tie into that (probably loosely, but still...).
If you thought Lady Appleton's husband, Robert, was a bit of jerk (charming, but still a jerk), you'll probably get p.o.'d at him all over again (as I did, lol), but I assume that this was typical behavior for the time as Robert had to marry in order to get to a higher station in life, and so resents Susanna if not quite on the surface, then definitely deep down.
Another excellent book in the series, and will definitely be getting the next one. :-)
I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in this series, but did not like this one so well. The mystery was not as interesting, and the fact that Susanna was not at home hurt the entertainment value, I thought, particularly since it meant that her companion and confidante became half-sister Catherine rather than the feisty, outspoken Jennet from that first outing.
The author writes well about herbs and the times, informing us effortlessly of things we might not otherwise know, but while this was a pleasant read, it was a letdown from the first, though I'll probably try another in the series.