Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a fiction novel based on fact about the last woman to be executed in Iceland. After a lengthy time used for appeals, she was executed in 1828. There are no real surprises in the book as the case and result are a matter of historical record. The value of the book is in the character portrayals Kent provides. “A Note on Icelandic Names and Pronunciation” followed by a map prepares the reader for a presentation that is extremely well-researched. A reader will be able to make sense of the meaning in dialogues between main characters without the pronunciation guide but it is nice to have. Letters between government officials and religious functionaries are written in a complex style reflecting the times. Such letters written in the present time would be considered verbose and overly polite. Again, this gives the reader a sense of research well done.