The House on Vesper Sands has a sinister atmosphere from the beginning (in which a seamstress stitches a message into her own flesh before jumping to her death) until the end.
Almost immediately, I had a problem with the verbosity and circumlocution of the dialogue. Fine--give an approximation of Victorian speech patterns, but don't waste pages on long-winded pomposity, especially since Dickens and Wilkie Collins don't sound in the least like this. I don't remember ever thinking, "Just move on," when reading Thomas Hardy, Jane Austin, the Bronte sisters, or Trollope.
The exception is Inspector Cutter; I loved his hilarious and biting remarks to people who won't get to the point. His character kept me engaged.
Supernatural and Gothic, The House on Vesper Sands has received a wide range of reviews on Goodreads. Inspector Cutter raised my opinion to 3 stars.
Supernatural Mystery. 2018; 2021. Print length: 408 pages.
Left over from October. The second book in the Jem Jago series. Perhaps because I'd already been introduced to the characters, I enjoyed A Death at Candlewick Castle even more.
Research librarian Jem Jago is enjoying cataloging the books in her best friend Paulie's ancient library, but of course, things take a turn when another body is discovered and her old friend Rhys Tremaine is the prime suspect.
Love the setting on St. Morwenna in the Scilly Isle of Cornwall and the characters.
A fun bit of escapism with characters I enjoy.
Thanks to Mystica for the pleasure of this one. :)
Kindle Unlimited. Bookouture
Cozy Mystery. 2021. Print length: 290 pages.
One of my favorite sites is A Mighty Girl and their annual Halloween Costume Highlights is always delightful.
Another favorite place to visit is Steve McCurry, and I love his current take on conversation.
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All the photographs are wonderful and so are the quotes!
I'm not through with garden clean up, but things are looking much better. Quite a lot is still blooming. I keep shelling peanuts for the cardinals, and maybe it is my imagination, but it seems that if the peanut feeder is empty in the morning, I get calls to do something about it.
Catching up on correspondence; not only because I love writing letters, but because I love decorating the envelopes. Sometimes collage, sometimes cartoons.
Have a good weekend!