- File Size: 2038 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946063401
- Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (November 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077HFWH1W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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See, that’s what Ms. Boatwright does to the reader. Completely hooks her, or him, into her world. So much so that we become our own detectives…inadequate as we may be…or at least I am.
I have to say that this second offering from her pen is even better than her first, and I loved that book! Like a Shakespeare play (and I’m not kidding here) there are so many levels to What Child is This? that I simply reveled in the whole reading experience. There’s drama, tension, comedy, inside jokes, political commentary, psychology…just about everything one could want in a mystery novel. And the physical descriptions took me back there immediately! I was only in the Cotswolds once, but I wish I had read her novels before going. She has painted the perfect picture for us armchair tourists.
One final comment, Ms. Boatwright’s depiction of a rural English Christmas is simply marvelous. While we in New England think we have a lock on this precious holiday season, I am going to have to admit that her descriptions of Christmas in Little Beecham and the surrounding towns is perfect. I would love to spend a Christmas going to services at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels. It would be absolutely heartwarming…which is just how I felt throughout this book, serious and scary portions aside.
Go immediately to your bookstore or online service and buy What Child is This? It will be a great Christmas present to yourself. In fact, I’m giving two of them away myself.
In Ellie Kent, Alice Boatwright has created a darn-near-perfect protagonist -- Ellie is clever, brave (but not foolhardy), smart, educated, compassionate.... and most of all, interesting. You can't go from being a Berkeley professor to the wife of a vicar in an English village without being interesting. Beyond that, much of this book revolves around characters and famous speeches in two Shakespearean plays -- Hamlet, and to a lesser extent, Romeo and Juliet. It was fun to see words in those plays picked apart and forming the backbone of the plot. I also enjoyed all the trivia involved in the English village celebration of the winter holidays, from the Solstice to Christmas to Twelfth Night, or Epiphany. So many public/religious celebrations, of so many kinds, so many traditions. Who knew? I'd be exhausted -- but it was all interesting. I was glad to hear they don't use real foxes in fox hunts anymore -- I didn't know that. Good deal!
And I'd honestly thought, as I was getting to the end of the book, that there would be a different resolution insofar as "Rosie" was concerned -- the "Child" in question, or one of them, anyway. But that would have been too easy, I suppose -- ha! So we'll just have to wait and see what Ellie will find to do next.
Whatever, if you like British mysteries in which you need both your head and your heart, this series is for you.
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Real. Felt like part of the village..would be pleased to find series of books