I am usually not one for period stories. They usually don't hold my interest. This one was actually pretty good. Dody was an interesting character, a woman trying to make it in the world of medicine at the turn of the last century. People were constantly throwing up roadblocks for her. That's another thing that gets me about period stories alot, the treatment of women as less than 2nd class citizens, and often as property. Makes my blood boil! Dody's sister, Florence, is a mover & shaker in the women's suffrage movement, but she has backward ideas about SO many other things. This is an interesting mystery and Mata Hari even becomes a secondary part of the story. If you enjoy period mysteries, this one would definitely be worth a try!