Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Glass of Time by Michael Cox

I'm sorry I'm finished this book! I enjoyed so many aspects of it. The setting of the Victorian Era, the intelligence and strength with which the characters were endowed, the manner in which the story progressed and unfolded, and the voice with which the story was told.

The heroine is kept in darkness as much as the reader and together you discover all the many twists, turns, and secrets that this narrative is packed full with. Esperanza comes to her employment at the great country house of Evenwood, home of the 26th Baroness Tansor, already aware of a great mystery that will impact her life once all is revealed. Such begins the unraveling of a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, murder, and betrayal.

This is not a fast-moving, hard-hitting story, but it does move along at a consistent pace. I found myself totally involved with the characters and trying to put the clues together to uncover the secrets. A definite challenge since some secrets aren't revealed until the end. I enjoyed the writing style of Michael Cox to such an extent that I've already been looking for his previous novel in local bookstores, but have so far been unsuccessful.

I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for the Victorian Era, and enjoys solving a mystery.


Jo-Jo said...

I LOVE books set in the victorian era...thanks for sharing!

Cindy B said...

I haven't heard of this one. I just read a Victorian mystery called The Flaw in the Blood. A little different from what I expected, not quite what I was looking for. But this one sounds good.

I found you through the 999 challenge blog. I can't wait for it to start! I have my books spread all over the house. I need to get organized!

Katherine said...

I too LOVED this book. I highly recommend reading The Meaning of Night.

Ania said...

I'm reading this one right now. I just started, but after realizing it's almost due at the library, I foresee a weekend of Victorian mystery! Not that I'm complaining ;)

I like it... it has kind of a Wilkie Collins feel to it. So far it's better than Meaning of Night, IMO.

Neverwithoutabook said...

Jo-Jo ~~~ You're Welcome!

Cindy B ~~~ I'm getting excited about starting the 999 Challenge, too, but plan to wait for New Year's day.

Katherine ~~~ Thanks! I plan to read The Meaning of Night as soon as I can find a copy.

Ania ~~~ I haven't yet read The Meaning of Night (see above), but plan to. I also haven't read any Wilkie Collins. I'll have to check her out! Thanks!