Sunday, May 15, 2016
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb. Released by Pegasus books just today, this book is the first in a brand new series.
The book is set in medieval Europe during the 15th century. It follows Kate Clifford, a woman raised in the Scottish Highlands, who finds herself a widow in York, England. She is trying to keep her family, household servants, and herself safe during a time of political upheaval.
Her late husband has left her in debt and she has been working to dig out from under it while trying to keep her independence as well. She owns a number of properties and has turned one into a guesthouse that the wealthy can use to discreetly meet with their mistresses.
However, on the eve of an important visit, a murder is discovered which leads to Kate trying to figure out who is behind it and why it has occurred in her house.
Candace Robb is the author of thirteen crime novels set in 14th century England, Wales, and Scotland. She also writes under the pen name of Emma Campion.
I really love historical fiction. However, the background to this story was a bit confusing and hard to get into. Once I figured out who was who and what was going on during this time frame, I did enjoy the book. The author does include a glossary of terms which I appreciated. It saved me from having to look things up and, yes, I actually do that while reading if I don't understand something. She also includes a very good note that helps to explain what was going on in at the time in history and how this fictional story fits into it.
Overall this was an interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone who really loves historical mysteries.
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