Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Dying in the Wool, by Frances Brody
This book has a lot of words and quite a bit of repetition. So much so that at times, Brody seems to be belaboring her points. I think she's careful with her language, mixing modern (for the time) turns of phrase (e.g., "What's eating you?") with old fashioned (for our time) language (e.g., "earwigged" and "derring-do"). I liked her characters, Kate Shackleton and Jim Sykes, and their sibling-like relationship, and the period after the first World War is always interesting. Kate is asked by a fellow VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) member to help locate her missing father before her wedding day. She follows the clues doggedly, but not without some nasty consequences.