The trial revealed a botched investigation, incompetence and how other obvious suspects were overlooked. Riner was acquitted but Egginton constructs a bizarre case to show that she had to be guilty. Egginton does not convince and it is yet more scapegoating. This is a dull, biased account.
Saint-Germain helps a Russian Duchess out of poverty and befriends a landed German noblewoman who faces ruin because of her feckless brother. Looming as always is Madeleine de Montaila, Saint-Germian’s ‘great love’. This has romance, tragedy and looming disaster. This starts very slowly but improves as it goes on. It is good and a scary look at a county heading for terrible things.
“He frowned distantly, remembering Ranegonda in her stark, cold keep.”
“Recluses attract too much attention to themselves.”
“She could be heard shouting for Roger and screaming insults at Ragoczy.”
“Her intentions, I think, were like a bad opera plot.”
“I have not yet seen Puccini’s last opera. I suppose I must live.”
“The only thing he’s about to attack in the condition he’s in is the chamber pot.”
“A year ago I would have flung the salad at him for being with her.”