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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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic - Philippa Morgan

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic subtitles itself as "a medieval murder mystery."


Well, there is plenty of murder, but I cast serious doubt on the presence of the other two concepts. 


The quality of the writing is adequate, but where are the adjectives, the color and spice, that would bring the medieval setting (specifically, 1373) to life?  It's all very bland.


Also, Chaucer doesn't do a great ton of solving mysteries (one of his companions does more - but he's not a poet still world-famous after being dead 600 years).


In addition, the narrative structure is curious.  A lot of it is narrated by Chaucer.  But some of it is narrated by others in the story, and then there's the parts, unusual for a mystery novel, where an omniscient narrator takes over.  And many of the characters are very flat.


That said, I did like the fact that Chaucer, racking his brains for a bedtime story, came up with the tale of Chanticleer.