Lincoln Rhyme is a fascinating example of a methodical detective, housebound, paralyzed, but with a brilliant mind and assistants who can visit scenes of the crime to help him resolve the cases. I find the entire series absorbing, and this adventure is spellbinding. Heartily recommended.
I enjoy the entire series of Lady Emily books - it's fun following Emily's efforts to rise above the subservient position of even the most well-bred women in Victorian England, and revel in the use of her intelligence, imagination and determination.
I've never met a Brother Cadfael book I didn't love!
"An Excellent Mystery" is truly an excellent mystery.
Cadfael is especially endearing to me, both as an astute detector of truth, but also as a man of God who is full of compassion and love of his fellow-men. He understands that, in this world, justice must be tempered with mercy, and that, in the next world, God will sort it all out.
I have never met a Brother Cadfael book I didn't really enjoy!
This mystery is representative of the entire series, depicting Brother Cadfael as a good, down-to-earth compassionate medieval monk who is a whiz at solving mysteries, and who understands that only God has the right to make judgment calls.
His enormous experience, both a a member of his monastery, as well, as his many years before that, serve him well.
Ellis Peters makes the history of the times come alive.
I am delighted with the zany characters in this mystery series. -- so much so, that I am trying to read every one of them, I like that these are the first 2 in the series. It's always best if possible to start at the beginning and track your way through.
My only regret is that thee aren't enough book in this absolutely delightful series of mysteries set in a period where women lawyers were an exception to the rule! It's compulsive reading. Write more of them, Shirley Tallman!