While the historical detail in Absolution by Murder seems impeccable — Tremayne is apparently a Celtic scholar writing pseudonymously — it is not well integrated into the novel, which fails to capture the spirit of another milieu: cosmetic changes would allow the dialogue and the characters to be transplanted to the twentieth century. Nor are the mystery elements particularly exciting or memorable. The combination worked well enough to keep me reading, but I can't really recommend Absolution by Murder, given the quantities of historical mystery fiction now available.
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