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Patricia Ryan has written more than two dozen romances and mysteries, the latter under the name P.B. Ryan. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA for her Rear Window-inspired medieval romantic suspense, Silken Threads. A four-time RITA nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Still Life With Murder, the first book of her Nell Sweeney historical mystery series. For free excerpts and more, visit her website at patricia-ryan.com.
on Sep. 10, 2010 :
Well, as always with her books I really enjoyed the side characters, Thomas the Leper, Alice/Adam, Leoda and Olive a lot and although I'm no specialist on the time period (and some of the clothes sounded too easy to get out of and into), I had the feeling that it was a believable view of London in the 1200s - I loved the fact that the setting is the prosperous and not so prosperous merchant quarter, although both heroine and hero turn out to have an aristocratic background.
However, I really did not want the hero for the heroine. There's a limit to how much lies you ought to get away with and while the heroine was set up to be very kind (so I was somewhat annoyed but it was in character) and so very forgiving - although incredibly independent for that age, the 'clever' hero turned out to be a good-looking manipulator and even after surviving a crisis (the fire was very well described and very threatening) can't be bothered to own up to his final secrets and lies - as a matter of fact I think he only owns up to them in the story, whenever he is found out... never beforehand.
And then we get accidental baby and apologetic return of the hero.
(reviewed long after purchase)