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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.

The Ivy Tree

The Ivy Tree - Mary Stewart

A truly excellent read, but not the book I was expecting.  I chose this book as my first bingo book because I was looking for something that would trip along at a fast clip, and typically Mary Stewart and the romantic suspense genre of her time generally do clip along as a good pace.

 

But The Ivy Tree doesn't.  This is a slowly paced, slowly building romantic suspense with a damn unreliable narrator, and I really dislike unreliable narrators.  So really this was not the book I was looking for so I found myself very impatient but at the same time, I was completely unable to put it down.  Is she or isn't she?  Did they or didn't they?  Will he or won't he?  And really, what the hell is up with creepy Lisa???

 

I'd have liked to have gotten more about Adam; given his role, Stewart doesn't allow us to get to know him at all, and I don't think Lisa's full potential of totally creepy was explored, but otherwise, in spite of not being what I thought it would be, this is really a riveting read.