Rated of 5
by Lea Ann M. (Seattle, WA)
The Fifth Servant
As I read the description of this book on BookBrowse, I was intrigued and once chosen to receive an advance copy eager to read it.
I am sorry to say that I was disappointed in this book. Rather than being the mystery it was advertised to be, it read more like a text book.
First was the liberal use of Yiddish vocabulary. Yes, there is a 6 page glossary at the end of the book, but stopping to flip pages back and forth upsets the reading rhythm.
Second, was the long time between the murder and it's solving. What comes between is more of a cultural, history lesson re the animosity between the Ghetto Jews and the community Christians.
Thus, this book might better have been described as historical fiction than mystery. The reader would then have more realistic expectations of what he/she would be picking up to read.