- File Size: 2215 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publisher: Whitehaven Man Press London; 1 edition (February 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BHDLM9G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Vanishing of Dr Winter: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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I rather doubt that Posie Parker bought a "half-kilo" of chocolates; in 1922 Britain, pounds and ounces were used.
The stone in her engagement ring is described as the size of a penny! In 1922 the UK penny was enormous (similar in size to a US half-dollar), not at all like the current penny, which is more the size of the old farthing.
I doubt that in 1922, a well-educated middle-class English person would have used phrases like "thanks for the lunch invite" or "how come...". There are many other examples of period-inappropriate language.
Posie is a consistently developed character. The premise is fantastic – this one about a doctor presumed dead in the war who is later spotted in Oxford. Having the person who hires Posie turn out to be someone she hated and who also hated her was an excellent twist.
I enjoyed the puzzle and the clues, although I was surprised to hear for the first time that Posie has a brother who was never mentioned in the previous 3 books. The plot line of the missing doctor happened to help her connect with her dead brother.
The romantic angle is promising, I don’t know how it continues to grow despite the fact that we almost never see Posie and Alaric together. In the brief glimpses he maintains his allure – gorgeous, good-hearted and always somewhere else.
I was also very surprised by the addition of a real ghost, but it fit into the motif of the book (ghosts of the war).
It is a great mystery novel, but except that, this is a book about war and its consequences but not the ones we hear a lot about. Since there are so many people dead and injured, family members lost, after so much pain, nobody talks about how easy it is to vanish if you want or to become someone else if you don't like your pre-war's life.
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I was always brought up with the saying ' as sure as eggs is eggs' and have never heard 'as sure as bread was bread' in any context before - perhaps it's an obscure regional thing. Other things that jarred was a character buying half a kilo of sweets which would never have happened in 1921 /22, and neither would anyone have mused that something was worth 62 pence they would have said 12 shillings and sixpence or possibly 5 shillings and tuppence if they meant old pennies. It's just seems like carelessness and spoils the flow of the story. I do like the explanations of places and values at the end which add to the story and puts it in context with the history of the time.
A really enjoyable book with twists, turns and surprises galore. To me this is the best book in the series so far and I recommended it whether you have read any of the previous books in the series of not.
Excellent depiction of characters & scenes, thought I was there. Had read it non stop. Highly recommended