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review 2017-09-15 13:40
The Germanicus Mosaic by Rosemary Rowe
The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe

Series: Libertus Mysteries#1

 

An influential (or at least well-off) Roman is found dead in the furnace room of his country villa in 2nd century Roman Britain. Libertus, a former slave and mosaicist by trade, had recently completed a mosaic for this Germanicus. Libertus is enlisted by his patron, Marcus (yes, this historical fiction book plays it a bit loose with the use of Roman names), to investigate the matter because Marcus is worried that the murder may be political in origin (these days the Roman Empire is rather unsettled).

 

This was a cute little historical mystery set in a slightly later Roman time period than I'm used to reading about. The resolution to the mystery did turn out to be one of my theories but I wasn't certain that I was right until the end. I completely missed the motivation for the murder though. I may continue reading the series, but I'm not rushing out to buy the next one. I liked Libertus and his slave, Junio, but overall the characters felt a bit flat.

 

I read this for the More Historical Than Fiction bookclub and for the "Murder Most Foul" square in the Halloween Bingo. It could also fit the "Terrifying Women" and "Amateur Sleuth" squares.

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text 2017-09-13 02:43
Reading progress update: I've read 26%.
The Germanicus Mosaic - Rosemary Rowe

So we have a British former-slave mosaicist-by-trade sleuth in the 2nd century. It's a bit like Guy Gavriel Kay's Sailing to Sarantium meets Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco. Ok, that comparison may be a bit of a stretch...

 

It's not bad, so far, although we're only at the beginning stages of the investigation.

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review 2017-08-27 02:57
Within the Hollow Crown by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love - Margaret Campbell Barnes

This read like the kind of historical fiction that I don’t really like: a description of a series of events in a historically important person’s life that never really seem to gel into a story. I spent a lot of my time a little lost because I could never tell how much time would pass in between chapters, and a lot of important events were mentioned after the fact without it feeling like they’d made any impact on Richard because there was no hint of it until it was brought up. Basically, the novel didn’t really work for me although there was nothing really wrong with it other than the impressions that I mentioned above. I had been looking forward to reading more about Richard II, but I don’t feel like I gained any insight into his time period.

 

I read this for the More Historical Than Fiction book club, but it had been on my to-read list for years.

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review 2017-08-17 16:25
Review of "Within the Hollow Crown" by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."

And valiant he is. The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale. Interesting times making potentially for a good story.  I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is. Author doesn't need to try quite so hard.

 

Overall, a decent tale of a little covered period of history that I would have liked much better if less sappy and slanted.  And if more atmospheric of the period -- meaning some very modern viewpoints crept in, not that I had major issues with the history or historical details.

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text 2017-08-05 21:03
Reading progress: 30%.
Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."

 

And valiant he is.  The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale.  Interesting times making potentially for a good story ("His Love" has not yet entered the picture).

 

I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is.  Author doesn't need to try quite so hard as it's distracting me from getting into Richard's character.

 

Reading for a bookclub here on booklikes; feel free to join in at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/10/more-historical-than-fiction .

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