Reviews of Personal Devil, a (2001)
Review by tollbaby (2006-01-29)
Roberta Gellis is a shining example of my favorite kind of female author - those who don't need to resort to romance to sell a story. Granted, there is a bit of romance in the book, but it's not the main focus of the book, and barely even a secondary story line (yes, it's integral to the plot, but not as a romantic tale in and of itself, more as an incidental occurrence).
I had never before read mystery novels set in medieval times. Quite a fascinating prospect. I've read medieval romances before, but the depth and detail revealed by Gellis's mounds of research were quite impressive.
The characters were genuine and sympathetic, the descriptions vivid and informative, and the mystery was more than adequately chilling and suspenseful. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good cozy -- not quite the same, but a fine read nonetheless. A solid 8/10.
Note: The original hardcover edition (Tor, under the Forge imprint) repeats pages 97 to 128, and pages 129 to 162 are missing.