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From history we learn
11 October 2019
I enjoyed the storytelling, it had a gentle ease and charm despite the subject of three gruesome murders. More than anything else, what I'll take away from this book is inhabiting this period in history in Scotland and the parallels that one could draw with the abject condition and injustices that tenanted agricultural labour in India had to endure.
What was a letdown was that some aspects of the protagonist's reasons for the murders were never brought to light. Since this is historical fiction, I'd hoped I might see those emerge as a final plot twist. The end didn't give me any sense of a climax.