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The Apothecaries House

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EC2
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The Apothecaries House

Postby EC2 » Tue September 9th, 2008, 7:55 am

Just put this one down. Actually I had to take it back to the library and I hadn't finished it, but I wasn't desperate to, so I didn't renew. I had read about two thirds of it - plus the ending!
It's a great fat read of a novel and could do with some of that fat trimming off as there's a lot of self indulgence there.
The book is about a painting stolen by the Nazis during the war. Various people are claiming it as theirs and although the artist is a mundane 18thC hack, this particular painting is of higher quality and there's a mystery surrounding it, particularly as Hitler desired it for his personal collection. When the protagonist, Ruth, and her sidekick Myles begin investigating the background, sinister things start to happen. There's a fascinating thriller behind the flab and if only an editor had got their hands on this and 'killed the darlings' it would have been a much better read. The novel does have strong page turning quality despite the waffle, but 450 pages should have seen it done rather than 700. There are some rather beautiful descriptions of the effect of light streaming through windows etc that are like paintings in themselves. 3 stars.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby diamondlil » Tue September 9th, 2008, 11:31 am

EC, did you mean for this post to be somewhere else?
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Postby EC2 » Tue September 9th, 2008, 11:39 am

Oh nuts, yes. Sorry! I meant it be a new thread in the general section. It's got lots of historical elements including quotes from imaginary 18thC letters, but the setting is still modern day. I should have put a fresh thread starter.
Got woken early by son going out to work and couldn't get back to sleep so I was typing while only half compos mentis (sp?)
Les proz e les vassals

Souvent entre piez de chevals

Kar ja li coard n’I chasront



'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'


Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal



www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell & And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue September 9th, 2008, 5:11 pm

Oh dear, this one might be going to the back of the TBR pile!
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Postby annis » Tue September 9th, 2008, 5:51 pm

I haven't read that one, EC, but i did enjpy another mystery with a similar theme- an old painting seems to be the connecting point in a series of murders, and when the trail is followed up, it leads to a Nazi connection. I thought it was quite well done.
"The Soldier in the Wheatfield", by Philip Hook.


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