My take on The Music of the Spheres

The Music of the Spheres by Elizabeth Redfern [3/5]

The Music of the Spheres is a novel which takes place mainly in 1795 London, a city that served as home for many of the French emigrants who fled the Revolution in their own country. This makes a fine setting for it’s two main plots, one a murder mystery and the other a tale of espionage, but there are enough flaws in the book that I think I’d have a hard time recommending it, despite the generally good writing.

The Publisher’s Weekly quote at the end of Jenn’s review of this novel manages to pretty much sum up my feelings. This is a book with a lot of interesting aspects (particularly the way it deals with the astronomy of the period), and some good writing, but in the end I think it gets too bogged down by its historical detail and its often over-the-top characters. There were stretches of the book that I enjoyed, but it also had a good number of slow patches, and I felt let down by the unsatisfying ending. It’s kind of a shame really, because I think The Music of the Spheres had the potential to be quite good. It just failed to live up to that potential.

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