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Limelight (Penny Green Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Since Penny knew Lizzie, she is asked to help young Scotland Yard inspector James Blakely to investigate the murder. As incentive, she is offered her job back. Their investigation leads Penny and James to various parts of London, to interviews with politicians and theatre persons and Astley's Ampitheatre personnel, all friends, relatives or acquaintances of Lizzie's in her "pre-first-death" life. They need to find out who knew Lizzie was alive, who was happy about that fact and who not.
The mystery is relatively interesting and the historical and cultural background well researched. I enjoyed this enough to want to try the second of the series when it's released. However, I do believe there's room for improvement in character development, in plotting of the mystery, and in dialogue.
This story is written in 1st-person POV, in Penny's voice. Usually this POV puts the reader in sync with the narrator and we should get to know her and her feelings and impressions well (as long as the style is not "unreliable narrator", which it is not here). That didn't happen for me. Penny's personality felt underdeveloped. I learned to like Penny's married sister Eliza, a Modern Woman, a bicycle-riding women's rights advocate, the "rational dress" (more comfortable, practical clothing for women) wearing wife of a solicitor, in the few pages she appeared, more than I liked Penny.
As for the plotting of the mystery, that could have been done a bit more deftly. And I pretty much figured out whodunit much before the big "reveal" moment and I'm not usually the brightest bulb in the chandelier about solving mysteries, much as I love to read them. Nevertheless, this was an entertaining read for the most part. I'm hoping the author will make Penny into a more interesting person as the series progresses and also make the dialogue slightly less wooden.
If you're like historical mysteries, this one is a good read. The author has done a good bit of research, and explains which places and events are fictional, which are real, and which are a bit of a combination of the two. For those of you who are real sticklers for absolute authenticity, some of the language may seem a bit modern - there wasn't modern slang, but some of the phrases won't quite ring true if you want to be really picky.
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