GOING AFTER VICTORIA: INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, FEBRUARY’S FIELD OF MYSTERY SELECTION

A book that some people really like and other people dislike is an excellent book group book. I know I’ve said this before, but conflict makes for good discussions, and good discussions are the heart blood of book groups.  So when the Field of Mystery Book Group met to discuss 1222 this past Saturday, we had a divided group and a very lively discussion, including the issue of whether people want to be able to guess the criminal from the clues in the book or whether they just want to be along for the ride (for the record, I’m in the former group), and even some discussion of group dynamics and the extent to which The Lord of the Flies is an accurate depiction of human behavior.

After all that, it was surprisingly easy to choose our book for February, 2022, which is Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell.  Copies of the book will be available at the Field Library Circulation Desk.

Inspector of the Dead is a historical mystery, set in Victorian England, and featuring a real life character (and I mean that in every sense of the word), Thomas de Quincy, as the primary investigator, with help from his daughter, Emily, and two friends of theirs in Scotland Yard.  In 1855, the Crimean War is blazing and English commanders are losing battles due to their incompetence.  Public disaffection with the war and with the government itself is rising, and now there’s a killer going after high ranking members of the British aristocracy.  As if that weren’t bad enough, the killer leaves names of people who have attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria in the past with the bodies of his victims.  It becomes disturbingly clear that his ultimate goal is to kill the queen herself, if de Quincy and his companions don’t stop him.

A historical mystery can be great fun, especially when the author mixes real life people in with the fictional characters.  Join us for what promises to be a fun read and a lively discussion on February 12 at the Field Library.

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