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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
Therese Oneill
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio)
Agatha Christie, Dan Stevens
Progress: 83/397minutes
The Last Alchemist in Paris: & Other Curious Tales from Chemistry
Lars Ohrstrom
Progress: 90/226pages
Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, Emma Newman, Jonathan Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love
Margaret Campbell Barnes
Progress: 12/333pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
Cherie Priest
Progress: 18%
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Series #1)

A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd Reads like an Americanized English WWI novel with a mediocre mystery. I might be mistaken, but several things in the story seemed to be there more for modern convenience than any nod to the historical setting. I didn't like the first-person narrative.

An example of a nitpick: yes, we understand that Bess is stubborn and doesn't always do what her father says, but where the heck did she get the money to buy the automobile behind her father's back?

In general, the sense of the money value of things seemed out of whack, even for wartime. Or maybe especially for wartime. Admittedly, this is just an impression, since I have no expertise in the matter.