Fremantle’s reveling in historical detail offers a good deal of pleasure to the reader, but it tends to compromise her decision to have her characters speak in a casual and decidedly 21st-century lexis. (“If I’m honest…” Carr muses.) The effect is rather like admiring a portrait of James I only to discern an iPhone tucked in his silken garter. But this sometimes uneasy conflation of modernity with bygone days is perhaps suited to a book that sits at the intersection of historical and detective fiction. It is in many respects more the latter than the former, with Fremantle deploying the split narrative form popularized by “Gone Girl”: The story moves between Frances in the Tower awaiting trial and Carr, reflecting on the life that took him from king’s pet to murder suspect. For the most part, this is an effective strategy, if inconsistent with regard to the nuts and bolts of tense and perspective.GO TO STORE
“How can I move in a soft way?” Ms. Habib asked the participants, all of whom are volunteers. “When there are soft feet, a softness enters the rest of the body.”GO TO STORE
‘Senioritis’ is real.GO TO STORE
Mr. Shanahan’s confirmation hearing in the Senate is expected in June, although no date has been set, and he is expected to face tough questioning from Mr. McCain’s former colleagues. Even before the dispute about the ship, Mr. Shanahan was under scrutiny for his lack of military experience and his deep ties to Boeing.