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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez - Ann Swinfen

This was a perfectly OK read.


I filed it under 'mystery' and 'historical mystery,' but what it really is, is a historical thriller.


Unfortunately, I've read quite enough about the Babbington Plot to not really be surprised.


The setting and characterization were done well.  Christoval Alvarez is a 16-year-old physician-in-training in London, learning under his father, a former professor of medicine at Coimbra.  They are both refugees from Portugal, and have been living in England, hiding the fact that they are Jews, for four years.  (It is 1586.)  Christoval fears the Inquisition, though unfortunately we don't hear anything at all about or what happened to the rest of the family (grandparents, mother, two siblings).  One presumes the worst, naturally.


Also, Christoval seems to think Robert Poley, admittedly not a nice man, and clearly guilty of blackmail, is the worst person ever invented.  A wee bit of a stretch, eh?


I did like all the details of working at Walsingham's spy factory, though.


A perfectly OK read.  I'd probably read a sequel, though I wouldn't rush out to buy it necessarily.