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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

And Only To Deceive, by Tasha Alexander

And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander

This is a book that attempts to do a great deal in less than 350 pages.


Part of it is a fictional intellectual biography of a Victorian woman, who on becoming a widow takes up an interest in classical Greece.  This I found interesting, and she had a nice narrative "voice."


Another part is about her relationships with three men, two romantic, and one in retrospect, with her dead husband.  This is not as successful.


And a third part is a very Victorian melodrama about antiquities smuggling.  Here, I regret to say, I deduced the villain very early.


On the other hand, I must say that I was amused by a heroine whose first rebellion against a controlling mother was to read Lady Audley's Secret!