Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book Review -- The Murders of Richard III

The Murders of Richard III

My enjoyment rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source:  Nook
Genre:  Mystery
Challenge:  Just for Fun Reading Challenge

American librarian, Jacqueline Kirby, has arrived at an English manor house for a weekend of research, debate, and all things surrounding the legend of Richard III of England. She has been invited to join a group of scholars to determine whether a letter, that purportedly vindicates Richard in the deaths of his two nephews, is authentic.

When accidents start occurring to the guests, in the order of Richard’s past victims, suspicion is heightened that they have a “comedian” in their midst. But determining who it is, and their motivation, is left to Jacqueline to solve.

This was a very entertaining “mystery.” As a closet Anglophile -- I LOVED all the “Ricardian” history. I had no idea that there were societies and conspiracy theorists who still met and discussed Richard’s evil deeds. I thought author, Elizabeth Peters, did a fantastic job with her research in bringing 600 year old history to life.

However, the overall story line was convoluted and confusing. Even as I read the last page, I still had NO idea who each of the characters represented and I didn’t even care. And the motive behind the accidents and ultimate attempted murder, made no sense.

But, even with all those failures, I thought Jacqueline was a spunky, witty, middle aged, sleuth and again, the Ricardian history made up for the lack of cohesive plot.

I’d be willing to give Elizabeth Peters another go around.


Joanne said...

Hi, Melissa -- The Amelia Peabody series (set during Victorian times featuring the spunky Amelia and her Egyptian adventures) is hilarious. I would recommend those as being representative of some of her best writing. She also writes mystery/suspense novels under a different name. Her books are good for a light, quick read.

Tiffany Wacaser said...

I second the recommendation for the Amelia Peabody series. If you ever like to listen to books, I recommend that you check out an audiobook from the library with Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator. You are in for a treat. I almost can't read the books anymore because I love the narration so mcuh!