July 22, 2017

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

I’d been meaning to get a copy and read this for a while as lots of people kept recommending it. A few weekends ago I came across a copy in a charity shop and figured it was as good a time as any to get on with it!An Instance of the Fingerpost

An Instance of the Fingerpost is a murder mystery set in 1600s Oxford.¬† I was quite excited to read it as it’s been on my list for a couple of years. having heard some great revies of it from my bookclub. However, it didn’t live up to the expectation.

It’s essentially a set of four monologues, each telling the same story from a different angle. So it takes¬† there is quite a bit of intrigue and expectation of where the story will go next. You don’t find out who-dunnit until late in the book, as it is a Reformation murder mystery, but a lot more than just that, as it takes into account all kinds of political happenings around the world.

The first story is that of da Cola a Venetian – I thought it was quite clever to use foreigner to make lots of explanations of the english. The other 3 tales are told by English participants, and each unviels a new set of details and new take on events.

But the whole thing was a bit too wordy and I found myself skipping over more and more sections as I got further through the book.

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