A compelling mystery blending the witch trials of the past with a contemporary case of academic intrigue from this brilliant, well-loved novelist.Jade Green is a solicitor with her own practice, Lost Causes, that she runs from her London flat. She struggles to keep her business afloat, and supplements her income by delivering for the local Chinese takeaway.Her life changesA compelling mystery blending the witch trials of the past with a contemporary case of academic intrigue from this brilliant, well-loved novelist.Jade Green is a solicitor with her own practice, Lost Causes, that she runs from her London flat. She struggles to keep her business afloat, and supplements her income by delivering for the local Chinese takeaway.Her life changes with a single phonecall. Dr Gilbert has been dismissed from his post teaching the history of science at the University of Wessex. Allegations have been made that he was corrupting the students with Satanism; the professor himself suspects the university to be controlled by a fundamentalist Christian sect.As Jade delves into this bizarre case, she finds herself drawn into a seventeenth-century manuscript, the original of which has been stolen from the Professor's briefcase at the university. It is ‘The Memorial of Amyntas Boston’, a young woman – raised as a boy – who is awaiting trial for dabbling in the black arts and in alchemy. Taken into service by Mary Sidney, she had fallen in love with her mistress and ultimately found herself betrayed by her.The two stories intertwine as Jade feels her life – her hidden identities and her secret love – mysteriously resonate with Amyntas's. In this sweeping novel, Maureen Duffy combines the pleasures of detection with the mysteries of fraud, alchemy, early science and witchcraft. By turns passionate and drily witty, this is an immensely compelling tale....
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It was bad from the getgo, but I kept thinking "this will improve, this WILL improve.." It didn't. I didn't stop reading because I really hate not finishing a book. It seems like a cowardly or lazy thing to do. I know it isn't, but unless I really hate a book, I usually finish reading it. Anyway, this book is rife with gay and lesbian themes. So much so, that one starts to feel exhausted by the subject. The double and nearly-identical storylines of a younger and less powerful girl falling for an older more powerful woman are weak and thin. Duffy would have done better to write one good romance, rather than 2 bad ones. Neither is fleshed out, and neither are particularly compelling. The other part of the novel, in which the modern-day character is supposed to be solving a mystery is also incredibly weak. It's one of those mysteries where you figure out the ending on the 3rd or 4th page.
What a waste of time . I only finished it because I hate starting something and not concluding and because I didn't have any other books handy. Firstly I was drawn to this book because of the mention of witchcraft on the cover and as the subject interests me I thought I found a good read , only to find a pointless narration with boring and annoying main characters .So this ex teacher who has been sacked from his job because the school doesn't agree with his teachings and way of life as he is supposedly in some sort of coven , hires this lawyer to get him some justice , though it seems that that throughout the whole book she is cynical about witches and witchcraft too so I don't get why and how she is defending him . At the same time she is reading a diary (which the ex teacher)of another young girl some centuries ago who was tried for witchcraft , but in the end we don't even know what happens .Anyway the conlusion is even more crap because the lawyer who does all she can to get into the ex teachers school and see what theyre up to and get evidence of a supposedly secret sect . She ends up saving some students from a massive fire which kills four people and after all that ... she doesn't even take the bloody case to court . There is just absolutely no point reading this as it finishes the same way it starts basically ,nowhere.
This was a book that I'd term a 'near miss' for me. I would have only awarded it 2 stars but gave it 3 as there was much to admire in the wealth of detail from the early 17th century, the literary quality of the writing and the exploration of some quite profound themes.Yet something did not quite come together for me. I'd say that the main problem was the weakness of the modern day storyline, which seemed highly improbable, and an ending that seemed to just fizzle out.
A very peculiar book. This combines the stories of a girl, Amyntas Boston accused of witchcraft in the 1600's who went around as a boy, and a young modern day lawyer who is working on the case of a dismissed professor. Both are lesbians which is incidental to their history.The book might have been more enjoyable if it was shorter.
I picked this up because of a great opening paragraph which caught my eye in the library - but, although the blend of historical fiction and hard-boiled mystery sounds intriguing,to me it just doesn't work. I also couldn't believe in a far-fetched plot involving religious cults.
I found myself giving up on this one. Slow and ponderous, not enough oomph to keep me wanting to read.
Giving up on this at page 119 of 379. It's extremely rare I give up on a book (especially nearly a third of the way through) but picking it up to read is feeling like a chore, I'm finding it hard going, don't particularly like the characters or Amyntas' relationship with "my lady". I've so many other books waiting to read I'm abandoning ship...