Some readers like to read only one kind of fiction. Librarians and literary types call different kinds of fiction "genres" and the library has separated some of its fiction books into genres to help patrons find what they like more easily. But for some, keeping just in mystery, western, romance, or science fiction is boring. I like to read nearly every genre myself, especially if the author has a style I like. However, there is another sort of book, more popular in recent years, which combine genres. One such book is Opening Night Murder by Anne Rutherford.
This paperback novel is being called a historical mystery by the publisher, and was called a Restoration mystery with a little romance by another reviewer. The story centers around a fictional mistress named Suzanne Thornton in 1660s London. The prologue starts as Suzanne, who is managing a restored Globe Theatre, witnesses a murder on opening night of a Shakespeare play. Chapter one then begins several months earlier and describes how Suzanne, previously a mistress, is abandoned by her current lover and left nearly penniless. Fortunately her first love returns from exile and Suzanne has hopes he will support her and the illegitimate child he fathered nearly 20 years before. However, the path to true love and romance does not run smoothly, and to top it all off the murder described in the prologue is pinned on Suzanne’s son. It is quite the mystery, suspense, and romance all with the backdrop of regency England. The descriptions in the book include elements from the time period, but the action, dialogue, and vocabulary is all modern. If the story line sounds interesting so far, I suggest you come to the library and check it out yourself to see what genre you think it fits into best!
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Opening Night Murder by Anne Rutherford
ISBN: 9780425255865, 309p.