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The character list is also quite unique. There is the previously stated Lady Hodgson, but it is her maidservant's dubious background that has you turning pages. Then there's the villainous Lady Hooke and her neutered husband and son. I sincerely hope they come back and get their just due in the book 2 or 3. Lorenzo Bacca, the Papist Italian, is another intriguing character that I picture in my head looking like a cross between Jafar from Aladin and Anton Ego from Ratatouille (I realize animated Disney films make for odd character visions, but hey, what are you gonna do?) Then there's the jailer Samuel Short and the orphan Tree. Both are intriguing characters that I hope show up again in later installments. There are a host of other characters, including brothers, uncles, and nephews, as well as the very interesting gossips that appear at every birth and seem to only serve to annoy or aggravate the mother-to-be in the midst of her "travail."
In all the book is extremely readable; it's written in a first person, linear, narrative style, almost like a diary or journal. The period language is accessible and logically used so that the reader can discern the meaning without the author compromising the integrity of the conversations. It's not too long, at just over 300 pages, and each chapter is paced to keep you wanting to read but still creating points where you can put it down and go to bed (something I am thankful for).
I am anxiously awaiting the Harlot's Tale in early 2014.
She receives a new servant on the recommendation of a dead cousin as the novel begins. As she and Martha are out for a delivery one night, they are accosted and Martha deftly dispatches the attacker. There is more to this woman than suspected. The two women become more friendly than the average servant relationship.
The main mystery involves the poisoning of an important man. His wife is blamed, condemned and sentenced in the shortest show trial ever given the city is under siege. As she is a friend of our midwife, Bridget begins to investigate. Dark secrets are revealed. Treason, business dealings, and personal shortcomings are considered.
Meanwhile, a dead baby is found in a privy. As a midwife, Bridget must also deal with this. Are they tied?
Lots of detail on the historical role of midwifery and the Civil War. Really entertaining story line. Engaging characters with real back stories and developed personalities
It also has a wonderful assembly of characters; her nephew Will who gets roped into helping solve the case, an ex-criminal who's skills assist Lady Hodgson, a dwarf who supplies her with information, and an adorable boy named Tree.
If you are a mystery lover, this is a book that you must add to your shelves. I loved this and am eagerly awaiting a sequel.