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- Print Length: 360 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1912546078
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sapere Books (March 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078856BFJ
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- Lending: Enabled
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An Unquiet Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I was offered an advance copy from Sapere Books and am delighted to have received one!
Let's start with the good:
1. I am completely here for the Victorian mysteries, like all of them, just "GIVE ME MORE!"
2. How am I not supposed to be here for a protagonist who is a). female, b). independent--she writes ghost/horror stories, lives alone, and in many ways does as she pleases, and the thing that sets her apart is c). the fact that she is not an able-bodied character: she has scoliosis. Now who isn't here for authors representing diversity especially in time periods when persons who were different weren't usually accepted?
3. The actual mystery that Mina was asked to investigate is quite good, looking into a death that for twenty years has had rumors circulating that someone helped the old man along his 'peaceful' way via medium because who best to give them the answer they seek but the dead man himself.
4. I was actually surprised at the culprit, I somehow was not expecting that.
Then there's the bad:
1. Even Mina, our protagonist, falls flat as a character, much like the rest of the book's cast. In the latter half of the book, the relationships start to gain a little more traction and I found myself vaguely more interested. But otherwise, frankly I found them almost boring. Though I will admit that that could be the impression I got because I haven't read the first two books in the series and perhaps, the relationships between characters only fell flat for me because the author is working on the assumption that you already know and like these characters.
2. While I think the author was being more realistic in her approach to Mina's disability, her balance and her also compromised lung function and so forth, I couldn't help but feel that the lack of discrimination she experienced because of it rang false for its time period.
(Though that could be, I now think in retrospect, because Mina has the advantage of (modest) wealth to wield as a shield between herself and society). Also how accepting people were of the mixed race doctor (Dr. Hamid, English and Indian) was that accurate? Maybe, I'm not certain, but my opinion? The likelihood of people being that understanding then when they still go all to pieces overt people who are different today? Yeah I am not optimistic.
3. The overall pacing and plot was slow, especially the first half, and then there's what felt like a whole section dedicated to 'why ghosts do or don't exist' or whatever that was so boring and felt like a bad lecture from the stodgy professor who hasn't updated his textbook in twenty years.
(Though in all fairness, it did pick up somewhat in the second half).
Then just the thing that I didn't enjoy was the format. That is most likely due to the fact that there are differences in grammar rules and uses of "__" vs. ' __ ' around dialogue in the U.S. vs. the U.K., right? It didn't do anything but make my brain stutter to a halt every so often because I'm so used to things being one way not the other.
Overall, a decent(ish) book, and my first finished read of 2018.
***I was given the opportunity to review this book by the publisher. That in no way affects my thoughts or opinions. ***
This well-written story is set in Brighton, England in the year 1871. The author Linda Stratmann has come up with a clever, fresh, and interesting storyline. Early on readers are introduced to a simple crime of murder by poison with a short list of suspects. But things don’t end up being that simple and the mystery begins…
Mina Scarletti is the main character and my favorite. Mina has some physical health issues but she doesn’t let any of that stop her. What she may lack in physical ability she more than makes up for it with her mental attributes. She makes no excuses and proves to be a strong female protagonist. Mina is persistent and inquisitive in her investigation of the mystery. The interactions Mina has with the supporting characters are compelling and realistic. Being a nurse, I love reading about past medical ideas and practices. The interaction between Mina and Mr. Marriott, the oculist, was one example of this. They were discussing the idea regarding people that see apparitions may have a medical condition of the eye or brain.
The truth about the killer’s identity is cleverly concealed until the novel’s surprising conclusion. I suspected the actual killer about halfway through but then convinced myself that it wasn’t, then it was, then it wasn’t. I just couldn’t figure it out but the author does a good job of wrapping it all up in the end. I enjoyed every minute of this “new to me” mystery series. I will definitely read more from this entertaining author. Fans of the historical mystery genre will surely enjoy An Unquiet Ghost the third installment of the Mina Scarletti Mystery Series. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars!
Thank you Linda Stratmann and Caoimhe O’Brien of Sapere Books for providing me with a review copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
My only minor criticism is that the plot was a tad slow at times and I do generally prefer more fast paced books, but it was still a very good read and I have given the book a solid four stars!
I really enjoyed the writing style and the descriptions made the writing come to life and you felt as though you were immersed in the story. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and have read an awful lot of books in that genre and for me - this is a great addition to that genre - it ticked a lot of the right boxes for me.
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