Historical fiction

In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson

I had read one other book by the author before and really liked her style, and when this came around, I wanted to give it a shot.
The main problem I had with the book was that it felt slow. Everything seemed to be happening at a glacial pace. I still enjoyed the writing and the people, but I am not the kind of person who can pace herself for a long time.
It is Edinburgh, and it is post-World War. The women are being sent back home to resume their positions at the helm of household affairs and nothing else. In this complex environment, an official paid position has been made for a woman to coordinate between the regular medical professionals and the regular well-being of women. It was all quite interesting. If the murder and the subsequent investigation were part of another subsequent book to this, I might have enjoyed them both better.
It was not hard to see the possibilities of who the killer was, at least of the immediate issue. There are so many people hiding so many things that our leading lady is getting quite paranoid. She does not know who to trust but continues to keep doing her job to the best of her ability. This is in spite of the ferocious opposition she faces from everyone connected to her.
There is a lot to unpack in this kind of book. It will be great to dissect this with a couple of people in a book club setting. I still recommend this to readers who like historical mysteries with different settings and a lot of patience. The author’s writing was good enough to keep me coming back every time I wanted a break which is why I would still recommend it to interested people.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is based on my own reading experience.


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