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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • The Patterned Flute
  • Helen Shacklady
  • English
  • 09 May 2018
  • 9780906500675

10 thoughts on “The Patterned Flute

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    The covers and titles of the books in this series made me think that they might be set sometime in the middle ages, in the time of street fairs and gypsies and baroque music Well, the time period was wrong it is set in the near present , but I wasn t far wrong about the subjects The main character, Kate Halton, is a professional fiddler for a traveling group of musicians The mystery revolves around an antique flute that has been stolen from its rightful owner and sold to one of Kate s bandmates When the owner, Liz Sharpe a hateful bitch as far as Kate is concerned asks to accompany her in her search for the thief, Kate is dragged into t he venture almost against her will Almost.By the merest chance, this is the second book in a row I have read that was published by Onlywomen Press, and I have to say that I am impressed Like Dirty Work by Vivien Kelly, The Patterned Flute is interesting, well written, well presented, and well edited But the two books are by no means similar in content While Kelly s book can be rather dark and institutional, The Patterned Flute is both light and free Kate is a hoot and the descriptions of her band s performances while not going into note by note dreariness are conveyed with vigor and artistry We believe that Kate is really a fiddler, not just a character that is called one The mystery, too, which ends up including one of Kate s ex lovers, is an important and realistic one that takes her to France and involves a gang of thieves and a Jim Jones type religious cult.But the grit and mortar of the book is Liz, whose mantra seems to be There s something else I haven t told you She is a schemer with determination and she usually gets what she wants, even if she may have to tell than a few half truths to get it Liz drives the plot and Kate on a wild ride that had me on the edge of my seat for several reasons.Shacklady writes a first rate character sketch Her descriptions which are too long to repeat here bring the character into the room with you, into the chair next to you As Kate says after meeting one of her informants, I found myself smiling at him as if we were old friends And the sex Well, it s pretty good, too How s this for a subtle description .our separate skins disappeared and we moved deep inside each other like electric currents So far I am impressed with Shacklady very much and have the other two books in this unnamed series by the way, her home town and her age are also undisclosed on my list of future purchases I am also impressed with Onlywomen Press, who seem not only professional on the editing and acquisitions sides, but in their artistic covers as well If Naiad had put as much effort into their own covers, they may have had a much wider audience and we wouldn t be struggling right now to resurrect a lesbian mystery audience Give this one a 4 and consider putting it in your Top 20 List as I have , if not your Top 10 In a word, The Patterned Flute is delightful.See my reviews of over 250 other lesbian mystery novels at my blog The Art of the Lesbian Mystery Novel.


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