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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

The Perfume Collector - Kathleen Tessaro

Oh, brother.  This is the kind of book that gives the historical fiction genre a bad name.  It's really more of chick lit, at best.

The premise was rather fanciful, and the characters were either one-dimensional or inconsistent and unbelievable as real people.  The mystery was very easily guessed pretty early on, but I lost interest long before the story really revealed that.