Sunday, 6 January 2013

Snobbery with violence by M.C. Beaton

Started: Dec. 25, 2012
Finished: Jan. 4, 2012
Pages: 248

Thanks for the plane book Jennifer!  It was also a great insomnia book.  You also need something entertaining and unchallenging at 3 am when you just can't sleep. A British cozy mystery was just the ticket.

One interesting point:  the heroine is an Edwardian debutante, but I was initially confused about the time period.  All of the talk of girl's "seasons" and husband-hunting seemed more suited to a book set a century earlier, and inconsistent with electricity, telephones, and motor cars.  But we just started watching Downton Abbey last night.  Both are set in about 1912, and the television show also showed just the same kinds of very formal traditional social conventions in place.  Interesting.  I guess that's why the British aristocracy feel that the First World War ended an era.

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