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Book Title: Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross|
The author of the book: Kathy Lynn Emerson
ISBN 13: 9781575669007
Date of issue: December 1st 2001
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This book is a murder mystery set in 1565, and it is meticulously researched. (In fact, historical tidbits not necessary to understand what's going on are frequently strewn throughout the story. This occassonally decreases the tension of a scene.)
Solving the murder mystery doesn't seem to be the primary focus of the novel since most of the book is spent with Susanna playing with her stepdaughter or with the other characters falling in love with each other. This is just as well since I was able to correctly identify the murder immediately after our introduction to that character and none of the red herrings shook that conviction.
I suspect this book isn't a good one to be introduced to the heroine, Susanna Appleton. She is placed in a position were she should have emotions: concern, worry, dread, saddness, etc. Except for brief flashes of emotion, Susanna seems remarkably unbothered by anything, from the loss of her husband to the threat to her life to the stress of confronting her husbands mistresses. To me, she came across as bland and unrealisticaly unemotional.
I also had a hard time thinking very highly of Susanna. She only asks her suspects some brief, obvious questions and trustingly accepts their answers. She never tries to dig deeper to find the truth and doesn't look beyond "the obvious suspects" until she's about to be sentenced to death. This wouldn't be a problem for me except that all the characters think her so astonishingly clever at solving murder mysteries.
The secondary point-of-view characters are engaging even if sometimes I didn't understand why they acted the way they did. For those who care, two unmarried characters do have sex, but it isn't explict.
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Read information about the authoraka Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kate Emerson, Kaitlyn Gorton
Kathy Lynn Emerson began writing as a child: a newspaper for her dolls and then a rambling adventure series featuring characters from all her favourite television shows. On reaching adulthood, she moved from New York State to attend college in rural Maine. Here she met her future husband in the first week. They married two weeks after graduation and she has been writing ever since. Kathy is a highly versatile author. In addition to contemporary, historical and time-travel romance (also under the pen-name of Kaitlyn Gorton), she has written children's fiction and non-fiction, biography and history. At present, she writes a contemporary cozy mystery series as Kaitlyn Dunnett and non-mystery historical novels as Kate Emerson. Kathy shares her home with her husband and three cats.
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