A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Death at Chinatown (An Emily Cabot Mystery 5) by Frances McNamara

Death at Chinatown (An Emily Cabot Mystery 5) by Frances McNamara

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good mystery which I'd normally call a cozy but it contains a serious degree of historical information not usual for the everyday cozy. One can tell the author is extremely researched in the time period and in all the details which the main character comes across in this story which mainly have to do with medicine and the state of the Chinese in Chicago during this time period. I enjoyed the characters, except Stephen the husband, and many real-life personages are included in the cast. I did find the book slow going for the most part, the historical atmosphere held my attention more than the plot but I did find the solution to the mystery a surprise at the end. I also found the book too feminist for my tastes. Without going into too much detail the main character is continuously coaxed and given ultimatums to go back to work, for the sake of the women's cause, when her natural instinct is telling her to be at home with her two children aged 15mos and younger. The husband's actions particularly irritated me.

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