An Unkindness of Ravens

An Unkindness of Ravens

Book - 1986
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"UNKINDNESS- the collective word for a group of ravens. They are not particularly predatory birds. . . but neither are they soft and submissive. Detective Chief Inspector Wexford thought he was merely doing a neighbourly good deed when he agreed to talk to Joy Williams about her missing husband. And he certainly didn't expect to be investigating a most unusual homicide."
Publisher: London, Eng. : Arrow Books, 1986, c1985.
ISBN: 9780099450702
0099450704
Characteristics: 269 pages ;,18 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Sep 25, 2018

What a joy to read a whole book without a single cell phone, but I have to ask if there really was an Apricot computer line in England. Great story with twists, really likeable characters, bigamy, two women we feel justified in hating, pubescent girl predator who is ugly and bald but still successful, and only a little too much explanation at the end. DO READ THIS!

I don't think the previous reviewer actually read the book. This won't spoil anything for you when you read this book, but I offer a little background/insight. One of the side stories is about a group that modeled itself after Arria who was a woman in ancient Rome. Her husband, Caecina Paetus, was ordered by the emperor Claudius to commit suicide for his part in a rebellion but was not capable of forcing himself to do so, so Arria killed herself to demonstrate how easy is is if one is not a coward. The book creates a symbol for the flag of the ARRIA club (remember, fictional radical women's group) that shows a raven with the face of a woman. A group of ravens is called an unkindness in the same way a group of crows is called a murder, a groups of whales is called a pod, or a group of goats is called a flock.

multcolib_susannel Mar 07, 2016

What does it mean if you wear a raven with the head of a woman and what does it have to do with murder?

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