Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Illuminations, by Mary Sharratt
Who knew that so much as been written about Hildegard von Bingen? I probably would have been better served by a non-fiction biography, as Sharratt's flights of fancy made me mistrust the overarching truth of the novel. Basic facts, such as whether Jutta was a total nut job and whether the two were walled in as anchorites when Hildegard was eight, seem to be in question. The emotional portrait is a little iffy too.