I noticed last week that Peter at Detectives Beyond Borders had on his blog a very interesting book cover of The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, a Fergus Hume classic crime tale.
It inspired me to pick up and start reading The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld, because of the cover with a photograph of the Flatiron Building in New York. The novel is set in 1909, slap bang in the middle of my favourite historical period. The "ragtime" era with its larger than life characters, and a mixture of apalling poverty and vast wealth I find fascinating , so I think I will enjoy this novel.
I can justify a European connection because the novel features the Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and while reading I can play my ragtime CDs by Scott Joplin, Thomas Million Turpin, and James Scott as well as marches by John Philip Sousa.
The first twenty pages are very promising......
"analysis is rather like being undressed in public. After you overcome the initial humiliation, it's quite refreshing."
That's what I tell all my patients," said Brill, especially the women....."