Monthly Reads | September 2015

 basket of books

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

Historical Fiction

Vanessa and Her Sister is a beautiful fictional novel about Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell. Told in the form of epistolary through Vanessa's diary. The story also features the Stephens' siblings and friends. Based on real life people and events, Vanessa and Her Sister shows the bond of families and society life pre-WWI.

I enjoyed this novel immensely. I have read a couple works by Virgina Woolf, but was unaware of her talented family and background. This novel offered a realistic glimpse of what her life might have been like. The characters were smart and witty and I felt like I would have gotten along with them in real life.

I love when authors choose alternative literary forms to write in. Reading this novel from the perspective of Vanessa Bell's diary entries provided an interesting read. There were many detailed accounts, but there were also time gaps which made this more realistic.

I am looking forward to what Parmar comes up with next!


Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

Mystery | Thriller | Historical Fiction

Let me start by saying, I loved this novel!

Inspector of the Dead follows Thomas De Quincey (the "opium-eater"), along with his daughter and two detectives as they try to solve a series or murders plaguing British society. The mystery behind the murders thickens as they may be practice to get to Queen Victoria.

It has been a while since I found a mystery that I really go into, but once I started this novel, I was hooked. I did not read the first book in this series (Murder as a Fine Art), but found that Inspector of the Dead did well as a stand alone. Morrell provided enough background information about the characters, that I didn't feel lost.

Each character in this novel had their own voice and personality, especially the main character Thomas De Quincey. Readers got a glimpse of that fine line between genius and insanity. Morrell wrote events in the novel at a fast pace. As the stakes grew higher, the plot increased in intensity and as a reader I was buzzing through the pages.

As I said before, I was enthralled by this book. Although, I did figure out who our villain was before the reveal, the motive was grander than I imagined.

Check out this series, it will be worth it.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. I received digital versions of these books for free through Netgalley in exchange for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.