Did you know that Charles Dickens had a mistress? Not that it matters, of course. Half of Kate Taylor’s ‘Serial Monogamy’ is about his affair with Nelly. The other half is set in modern day Toronto: Sharon finds out her professor husband is having an affair with one of his students. There are parallels, of course, and I get what Taylor is doing – the Dickens story is set up as a serial column she wrote for a newspaper. I liked both storylines but also had problems with both – in some ways I wish they were separated so we could get a fuller picture because I felt there were holes in each of them. But Taylor writes with an ease that will keep your attention.