Let’s start with a book NOT written by a woman, after having written the above! What is amazing about this narrative is how well Robert Thorogood “knows” the contemporary women with their quirks; ones with which I can identify easily not only in myself but in other women! Did he grow up in a matriarchal household? How did he come to be so astute to these gender traits and behaviors, dare I say? In addition, this is a darn good mystery and one could easily see it made into a PBS series in addition to his work, Death In Paradise. Hint-Hint Masterpiece Mystery.
Kopp Sisters series is dear to my heart, as I have two sisters also, and the three of us are close. So, I can easily imagine all these female personalities sharing a household, for one thing despite tiffs and oddities. Each sister loves one another, but presents her individual personality – and a strong one at that! And, who could not love the first woman in any field – especially Deputy Sheriff? The language of this novel is indicative of its setting in both time and place which is no small thing for 1914 in New York.
And of course, who does not love an English mystery? The main character, Laetitia Rodd is “no spring chicken” at the age of fifty something especially living in the 19th c. Life has left her in less than stellar circumstances yet she makes not only the best of it, but enhances her widowhood by becoming a detective in Victorian England. Not only does a mystery present a series of challenges to the protagonist, but this time period for a woman in her role is the true measure of her intelligence, wit, and humor. Gotta love her black clothing, too!
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