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Book Title: The Gilded Shroud|
The author of the book: Elizabeth Bailey
Edition: Berkley Trade
Date of issue: September 6th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780425242896
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 956 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.3
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I fell in love with the cover of this new mystery series. I love the stunning house and the richness of the scene. Without so much as a backward glance I eagerly agreed to review it.
Plus it is the first in a new series and I love getting in on the ground levels when it comes to new detective series.
This book lacks a really good summary for readers which was a little frustrating but I love mysteries set in Regency or Victorian era England so while I didn’t know much about the book when I agreed to review it, I trusted that my love of history would be enough.
The author has a wonderful grasp of the language and period. I loved how well her dialogue meshed in the period and with the different characters. I don’t know that I liked the name Ottilia for the main character—mostly because I couldn’t pronounce it—but the overall tone of the book and dialogue between characters had the ring of authenticity to it.
I mystery has a budding romance woven in which was fun and helped move the story along, but for me it almost seemed more like historical romance with a touch of mystery—not the other way around—which I believe was the intent (mystery with a touch of romance, rather than the opposite). I didn’t care that this had more romance than mystery or nice versa, I liked the romance and felt that it was a nice tactic. I read that the author started out writing romance novels and I can see that this is a genre in which she shines.
While this was an easy read with a satisfying mystery and romance mixture, I think it was a little too much of a reach for me when it came to the classes. Ottilia seemed to be readily accepted into the upper echelons with no one seeming to bat an eye. For me it all came a little too easy. I understand that the circumstances were meant to make this detail bendable, but for me I didn’t think there was enough to justify the level of acceptance that she had in the family.
Overall I felt that this book was good but not great. I liked the mystery and romance just fine but some things just seemed like a reach and too much for me to buy into. I would probably read the next book in the series but I wouldn’t move other books to make room for it if that makes sense.
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Read information about the authorAn avid reader from an early age, Elizabeth Bailey grew up in colonial Africa under unconventional parentage and with theatre in the blood. Back in England, she trod the boards until discovering her true métier as a writer in her thirties, when she fulfilled an early addiction to Georgette Heyer by launching into historical romance. Eight years and eight books later, Elizabeth joined the Harlequin Mills & Boon stable, fuelling her writing with a secondary career teaching and directing drama, and writing plays into the bargain.
With 18 historicals published, she began to concentrate on the mainstream and in 2005, Elizabeth’s novel Fly the Wild Echoes was released in both the UK and the US simultaneously by Unlimited Publishing. The novel was a contender in the Booker list for that year. A mystery – a whodunit of the mind, as one reader has it – the book explores the interwoven lives of three women and investigates the possibility of past lives.
Now retired from teaching, Elizabeth directs for a local theatre group where she lives in West Sussex. Recently, however, even this foray into drama has had to take a back seat as she changed direction to enter the world of crime.
Still thoroughly involved in her favourite historical period, Elizabeth placed her female sleuth in the late Georgian world of intrigue, elegance, aristocrats and rogues, where privilege rubbed shoulders with the harsh realities of making ends meet. While Ottilia moves into the upper echelon, she is thoroughly at ease in the lower, which allows Elizabeth to cross boundaries with impunity.
Not content with mere authorship, Elizabeth launched as an independent publisher with Timeless Books created on the Lulu website. She also runs an assessment critique service for writers.
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