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Yes, very much so. Totally irrelevant side note: I am bemused. But it is not on my reading list. Did I read it in its year of publication — immediately prior to starting this blog? Or did I read it more recently and fail to record it? After a long stint as an English lecturer at a run-down college of further education, Judith, a prize-winning short-story writer, has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham University, has run occasional writing course elsewhere from a maximum security prison to an idyllic Greek island and ministered to needy colleagues in her role as Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association.
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Quite a few twists in the tale. Some of the vocabulary was unfamiliar which was surprising. Feb 11, Denise Mullins rated it really liked it. Although this time there is a new beneficent patron for the parish, yet another young woman suddenly and mysteriously disappears, requiring the affable parson to enlist the aid of his valet Jem, Dr.
Hansard, and his wife. Complications involving a murdered messenger, an absent young heir, and several devilishly mean supporting characters keep the pace moving, and readers will also enjoy second guessing if Campion can finally find a bride to share his pastoral duties. Overall, there was enough variation and interest generated by lively dialogue and historic detail to keep one engaged. Apr 29, Gary rated it liked it. Dragged a bit, at the start, but turned into a decent story.
As an aside, this was the most poorly edited book that I have read, full of spelling and grammatical errors, missing words, etc. Apr 19, Anne rated it it was amazing. A very enjoyable book, set in , an example of historical crime fiction at its best. Although I've not read any books by Judith Cutler, but plan to read more. It was a little slow to get going, but as the story unfolded, it became more and more intriguing and drew me in. Tobias is the rector of Moreton St Jude.
The relationships he forms with all the other characters play a major part of this tale. We learn early on that Mrs Chase's son and heir has been missing for several years, Mrs Chase i A very enjoyable book, set in , an example of historical crime fiction at its best. We learn early on that Mrs Chase's son and heir has been missing for several years, Mrs Chase is convinced he is still alive. Then a body is found in a local river, identity unknown. Tobias and friends are determined to discover the identity of this man, to find out what happened to Mrs Chase's missing son and uncovering the mystery of the missing governess, Anne.
Tobias sets out on his travels in order to find answers to the many questions and on his journey, meets a variety of interesting characters.fr.ikotudasubyj.tk
All the characters are well rounded and well written. Well worth a read, and a must for readers of crime fiction, and historical novels. Sep 28, Dorothy rated it it was ok. Having recently read a historical novel by Anna Dean, comparisons were inevitable - and Anna Dean won! While Judith Cutler used a lot of the right terminology for the era, I never felt I was "hearing" Tobias's voice because the overall feeling was too modern.
It made for a distraction which took me away from what was happening in the book and made me focus on something which should never have been a factor. My copy is the paperback edition published in It really is a shame that something which could have been so easily corrected had to interfere with my enjoyment of this novel.
Shadow of the Past (Tobias Campion)
One person found this helpful. I cannot wait for the next Tobias Campion novel! Cutler is developing her characters with depth and breadth and inner dimensions as well, including the complex relationships amongst them all. It is a joy to spend many quiet hours with them! I am extremely leery of Regency-period novels, but this series rings true and actually invites us into what the real experience of living in the 's might have been like for the individuals who people Campion's world. And yes, Miss Cutler, I am well aware that "Mr. Campion" might well be construed to be a possible distant if only collateral ancestor of the beloved Albert.
Shadow of the Past
I am not going to give a brief synopsis of the plot here; what is already on this page is sufficient. What I do want to express, however, is that for the very discerning, demanding, and critical reader of historical mysteries, this is one you really have been waiting for! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a terrific read, even better than the first Campion book. Ms Cutler really keeps you on your toes wondering "who dunnit". I sincerely hope that she continues with this series as I have noticed that there are several others which seem to only consist of two or three books.
I would highly recommend this book, very engaging characters. Pleasant summer reading and a glimpse into how people lived during those times.
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I am waiting for more - I love this sort of story. Set in England in days gone by, you get a real sense of the history as well as good plot. The characters are believable and I can't wait for some more.