Book: Silent in the Sanctuary

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  1. I just can't get into this series because the setting feels so "wallpaperish" to me. Carole Nelson Douglas and Anne Perry have set the bar for me regarding Victorian-set mysteries, I'm afraid.

  2. I just can’t get into this series because the setting feels so “wallpaperish” to me. Carole Nelson Douglas and Anne Perry have set the bar for me regarding Victorian-set mysteries, I’m afraid.

  3. You're right, the setting does tend to fall by the wayside sometimes, especially when the plot picks up. This is definitely something to watch out for in our own writing, if we're writing historical fiction.

    On the other hand, some plot elements in this series couldn't occur without the setting, such as the interactions with the gypsies, interactions between different classes of people, etc. I wouldn't categorize this series as flat historical because of your exact point, but I also feel these books are meant to be more of an entertaining sort of historical mystery. Has the term cozy Victorian-set mystery been coined, yet? :)

  4. You’re right, the setting does tend to fall by the wayside sometimes, especially when the plot picks up. This is definitely something to watch out for in our own writing, if we’re writing historical fiction.

    On the other hand, some plot elements in this series couldn’t occur without the setting, such as the interactions with the gypsies, interactions between different classes of people, etc. I wouldn’t categorize this series as flat historical because of your exact point, but I also feel these books are meant to be more of an entertaining sort of historical mystery. Has the term cozy Victorian-set mystery been coined, yet? :)

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