I really enjoyed reading about Lizzie Borden, she is a refreshing character in a genre that is heavily populated with men. All most of us know about the historical figure is that she killed her mother and father. This book is very fun to read, the author does many things well. There are many conversations and suitable action to move the story along nicely.
Richard has built a very believable world that The Girl Detective inhabits and sleuths in. His writing is very rich, a literary treat not just for fans of mystery but fans of historical fiction. The weaving of fact with fiction is quite seamless and leads the reader down a most merry path. He has captured the tone of the times almost too well, occasionally the writing borders on corpulent, descriptions so heavy that only a wordsmith can truly appreciate.
I found only two typographical errors in the book, a remarkable achievement that attests to very competent editing and rigorous proofreading.
I give this Very Satisfying story 4.6 of 5 Stars.
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