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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

An Unwilling Accomplice

An Unwilling Accomplice - Charles Todd

Alas, I was right: this read qualifies for the Summer Bingo Card.  As "Book Bust or Bummer." 


Our intrepid heroine, nurse Bess Crawford, loses a patient, and the army, the nursing corps, and Scotland Yard all question her, trying to find out whether she was an accomplice, or was just tricked and misled.  (He's wanted for murder afterwards.)


So she and her old pal, Simon (her father, a retired Colonel, is now something in intelligence, sent his former Sergeant-Major to look after her) go in search of him, to clear her name.  This involves either 4 or 5 random wounded soldiers (about 2 or 3 too many), a strange misunderstanding of the Married Women's Property Acts of the 1870s and 1880s, and far too many trips to, and around, Lower Dysoe, Middle Dysoe, and Upper Dysoe.  (If I never see the word "Dysoe" again it will be too soon.)


That and the motive for murder makes little sense, when it comes out.


I'll read Charles Todd again, because when they (a mother and son) are on form they write a very good read, but I guess the muse was taking an extended nap when they wrote this one.