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.

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