Our Bangor Public Library LitChick bookgroup used this book and everyone
enjoyed it (a group made up of mostly retired ladies).
Fell the Angels by John Kerr
Fell the Angels by John Kerr is a murder mystery based on a true story,
the Charles Bravo murders in the mid 19th century. It is a novel
involving deception and greed and a bit of passion. Cecelia was from a
well to do family but she had made a bad marriage to a brutal alcoholic.
The only way she could separate from him and still appear respectable
was to go to a type of spa. Once there, she found she liked the
atmosphere and promptly started an affair with the married director.
While this sounds scandalous she was separated from her husband and the
doctor's wife had been institutionalized for many years. However, once
Cecelia's affair became public her reputation was ruined. It was
thought the only way to save her from complete social oblivion was for
her to marry well. Her second husband was willing to deal with her
sullied reputation since he himself had an affair that resulted in a
child. Plus her attractiveness to him was enhanced by her fortune.
Cecilia was forward thinking and canny, she took advantage of a recently
enacted law where she could go to keep her fortune if the marriage did
not work. Charles was presented with a pre-nup to sign. Charles was
not pleased but he was a shady character and perhaps had a plan to get
her fortune in another manner. Spoiler alert-The marriage was only 4
months old when Charles became very ill with a mysterious illness and
after lingering for three day he dies. The original murder on which the
story is based is never solved but author Kerr neatly wraps this one up.
This is an enjoyable and fast paced novel.
Also have available - 2 other books used in the group.
A Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins (9 copies) (LitChicks liked this one-
according to group leader)
A Kind of Intimacy by Jena Ashworth (10 copies) (LitChicks weren't crazy
for this one's main character but it was lively discussion- acc. to
To Borrow -Contact- Maggie Frazier at Bangor Public Library 947-8336 ext
126 or send email to Maggie at-
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