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SusannaG

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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

Martyr: A Novel of Tudor Intrigue

Martyr: A Novel of Tudor Intrigue - Rory Clements

Our plot in this historical mystery, set in 1587, features a murdered noble, a missing baby, some not-unsympathetic Jesuit priests on the run, a truly vile official torturer-in-chief, and a plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake.  Dull moments are rare.

 

I like that Clements has a good grasp on period details.  However, his main detective does have a touch of what I'll call "the only modern man."  Some of his attitudes are, well, a bit out of place for 1587, even if we grant that he's progressive.  

 

It's not quite as good as a Shardlake, but an enjoyable read.

 

I'd read another one in this series quite happily.