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Nox Dormienda: A Long Night For Sleeping (2008)

by Kelli Stanley(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 2
1594146667 (ISBN13: 9781594146664)
Five Star (ME)
Roman Noir
review 1: Enjoyable, although not really as good as the first one. Too many suspects with similar motives and the same attitude, not nearly enough likeable people. Plus it really is kind of unbelievable both that his wife would have kept that secret from him and that a physician, of all people, would not have seen what every slave in the street could see. In a way it seemed like a lift with variations on Falco and Helena.
review 2: This is a first novel as well as the first book in a new series. I met Kelli Stanley at Bouchercon last year and was intrigued by the concept of "Roman noir." Stanley set her noir mystery in Roman Britain in the 1st century A.D. Like Jeri Westerson's Crispin Guest series, Nox Dormienda works because noir fiction is more about characters and
... more atmosphere than it is about a specific culture or historical time period. less
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Although there's great detail about medieval Britain, the characters are pretty boring & annoying.
Compelling characters, cracking good mystery, historical setting...wonderful!
It's Roman Noir -- a fun experiment that usually worked.
Cute book.
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