There is something very fulfilling about a book that you start without intending to actually see it all the way through in that sitting, but end up doing just that it. This was one such book. I cannot point out the exact reason I enjoyed reading this book that quickly, the cause can be either the smooth narrative voice or even the length of the story. It is sometimes tiring to read something that is extra-long and packs too much detail in.
We meet Master Mercurius, who is officially ordained both as a catholic priest and a protestant one. This is set in a time where the former is required to stay in low profile. It is 1671, and in the town of Delft, there are three missing girls and only one of them was found dead. Master Mercurius is sent as a sort of investigator, and he does a pretty good job by asking the right questions and analysing the people who he crosses paths with. It is a very vibrant group of people and thought processes that he describes, which definitely brings to life a whole other time and place! The mystery itself was straightforward and works itself out in a very satisfying manner. Still, the highlight of the narration has to be the intertwining lives of people as well as how first impressions do not wholly reveal anyone’s true colours. If you read this, it has to be for the investigative style rather than the plot and revelation of the mystery itself.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.