Barbara Pym is one of my favorite authors. Even though her novels are primarily set in rural English villages in the mid-twentieth century, they are still relevant today with their social observations and comic phrasing. Pym always wrote about what she knew. She lived in London during her working life, then retired to live with her sister in an Oxfordshire village. Her life there consisted of church, gardening, local history and country walks.
The king's mistress is dead. Who killed her? A jealous queen? A scheming noble hoping to foment civil war? Or was it an unfortunate accident? The stakes are high, and so the King sends his foremost medical investigator to unravel the mystery: an investigator who just happens to be not only a doctor and forensic scientist but also, most unusually for 12th-century England - a woman.
This fourth installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series is just as compelling as the previous entries. King Henry II compels Adelia Aguilar, a female Jewish doctor trained in Salerno, Italy, where the medica
Published in 1941, N or M? features detecting husband-and-wife team Tommy and Tuppence Beresford who are too old to participate in the war but long to contribute in some meaningful way. Tommy is approached by British Intelligence to go undercover to a seaside boardinghouse, which is suspected of harboring Fifth Columnists, English people who sympathized with Germany and committed traitorous acts on its behalf.