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August 2010, what are you reading

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Berengaria
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Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Charles Todd's new series

Postby Berengaria » Wed September 1st, 2010, 8:05 pm

I am currently reading the second in the Bess Crawford series An Impartial Witness The setting is 1917; Bess is a nurse on the front, who finds mystery and mahem in her adventures. Very well done!
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annis
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Postby annis » Wed September 1st, 2010, 8:10 pm

Burgess does a great job of showing Marlowe is a bright young man too clever for his own good. He's seduced by ideas for their own sake - the more outrageous the better, but is rather naive. He spouts on glibly about Machiavelli, but is horrified when he sees Machiavelli's work put to practical use as "statecraft" in the implication of Mary, Queen of Scots in a conspiracy to assassinate Elizabeth 1. Walsingham's men are grimly amused by Marlowe's cries of "not fair".


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