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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

Trio for Blunt Instruments
Rex Stout
Progress: 20 %
A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael
Ellis Peters
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
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %

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!