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Oct 2012
An Instance of the Fingerpost - Iain Pears - Vintage Digital, 2011
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This is an unusual seventeenth century murder mystery that I ought to have liked more than I did. For one thing, it is set in my adopted home town of Oxford (which makes little asides like the inaccuracy of New College's name - it should be the New College of St Mary - and the snootiness of its inhabitants, raise a smile). For another, unlike some other recent examples of the genre, it is extremely well written, with convincing historical characterisation and plausible character development. But somehow it didn’t work for me.
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