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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 340 pages.

Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels

Well, I only meant to read as far as the end of chapter 6 but I got so lost in the story that when I next looked up I was midway through chapter 7 and my tea was cold and untouched.


I'm awfully glad I'm reading this book in the bright light of day; it isn't hair-raisingly frightening, but I think I'd feel differently at night, in bed, with only my reading light.  I can't imagine reading this one by candlelight or flashlight.


So far I'm enjoying it, but without getting spoilerific, I'm thoroughly confused about Ruth; I know I'm supposed to infer something horrible happened to her, but Michaels is so vague (pages 185-187 in my edition; chapter 6 sec. IV) I don't know if it was a general or specific thing.  To get spoiler-y:


Are we supposed to get from this that she was sexually abused or sexually and physically abused by her husband?  Also, this was definitely an almost-rape scene; are we supposed to believe that Patrick might have been under the influence of the malevolent spirit, or that he's just a prick who can't control himself and Ruth just dismissed almost being raped on her own couch?

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That whole scene left me totally confused and as much as I'm loving the plot, I'm feeling ambivalent about the two main protagonists until I sort this out.  I'm hoping someone else here has a clearer idea of what we're supposed to take away from this scene, because I'm sure as heck not asking my 92 year old mom to explain it to me.  ;-)