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Book Thoughts: The Angel in the Glass (Alys Clare)

Clare, Alys - The Angel in the Glass


Title: Gabriel Taverner #2 – The Angel in the Glass
Author: Alys Clare
Genre: Fiction /Historical Fiction /Mystery    Pages: 240
First published: to be published on 1 October 2018 by Severn House Publishers
Edition: E-book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

June, 1604. When the emaciated body of a vagrant is found on the edge of the moor, it’s the verdict of physician Gabriel Taverner that the man died of natural causes – but is all as it seems? 

Having not read the first in this series, I was worried I would miss a chunk of information. To be honest, I did feel I lacked a little bit of background information, but this was perfectly enjoyable as a standalone.

Set in a small Devon village, I liked the characters and the setting in that particular time period. I do love a good historical mystery and this was true to that genre, with physicians, lords, servants, priests and the like.

Like in a previous book I read by this author the POV switches from first person when it is told from Gabriel’s perspective, to third person when we are reading from other peoples’ perspectives. This jarred a little bit in the beginning, but I did get used to it.

Although I did like the writing and the main characters, I was not the biggest fan of this particular mystery and its resolution. It felt a little bit cliche and predictable. It was a bit on the homophobic side as well, though this probably was intentional and true to the time period it was set in.

I did enjoy this well enough and I would happily read more from this author. I might look up the first in this series.

5 out of 7 stars

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