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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

Wings of Fire, by Charles Todd

Wings Of Fire - Charles Todd

This historical mystery, set in 1919 Cornwall, is the sequel to A Test of Wills


At Scotland Yard, Inspector Rutledge's boss, who dislikes him, wishes to keep him out of the juicy serial killer murders taking place in London (the press is calling it a new Ripper).  So when the Yard gets a request from someone high up in the government that they investigate the deaths of three half-siblings in Cornwall, all members of a prominent family (down as two suicides and an accidental death), the Super makes sure Rutledge gets what is sure to be a thankless job.   (And to keep him out of the New Ripper case, which he'd like to solve himself, naturally.)


Rutledge drives to Cornwall (he is claustrophobic, from his war service, and dislikes trains), and discovers that one of the suicides is a war poet whose poetry helped get him through the war.  And that the family a few decades ago was large (the patriarch, his daughter, her three husbands, her six children, and a step-son), but is now reduced to only three.  Rutledge finds this suspicious - but his only evidence for murder may be in the poetry, and in wisps of memory. 


I thought this one featured an excellent portrait of village England on the edge of the 1920s (as did A Test of Wills), and was very well plotted.  The evidence could be used to point at several suspects about equally well until very late.  I found this a really enjoyable read.