I was surprised at how readable this book was, how universal some of the sentiments expressed are in today's world. I would not have appreciated this book 20 or 30 years ago - just didn't have the life experience required.
I got literally almost half way through this book (page 154 of 354) and decided that, no matter how wonderful a writer Larry Block is, and he IS a great writer, I just didn't want to read any more about all the bad things that happened, and were going to happen. So I put it down, and am making it available to someone who will enjoy it for the wonderful book it may well be.
I found this a little slow going; took a while to get into it. It's a historical mystery, although the main characters are living in the present. Lots of geneology; lots of names to keep track of, which isn't easy. Not the best book in the series.
Fate has done another wonderful job. This series is seriously under-rated. The characters are vivid, the setting an asset to the rest of the book, the plotting believable. If you like gutsy female protagonists who don't take crap from anyone, here's another series for you. If Charlaine Harris's Shakespeare series is one of your faves - read this. If Virgnia Lanier's Bloodhound series made you want more - here it is.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish there were more available in this series by this author in audiobook form. Passing it on to the nieces. Would be a good listen/read for boys, particularly those that enjoy adventure and the like.