Weighed in the Balance by Anne Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I didn't like this as the rest in this series. It dragged quite a bit and nothing much happened in the mystery until the last chapters.
The plot revolves about a case which Oliver Rathbone takes involving slander. A Countess has said that the wife of the exiled heir to the throne of a small Germanic principality has killed him. He have up his throne for his wife and lived in exile in Vienna. Their story was a romance for the ages and no one can believe that his wife would kill him.
What I did find interesting was the information about the number of small kingdoms which were caught up in the unification of Germany. I never thought about what it would mean for these kingdoms which had their own identity and history. I have even gone to Bavaria, seen Neuschwanstein, and read the history of King Ludwig II and never thought what happened when Germany unified. Some of the smaller kingdoms fought the Prussian army and others, realizing the futility of resisting, allowed themselves to become part of Germany.
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