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Posted May 6, 2013
Clever locked-room mystery kept me guessing and the creepy, kooky old house is AWESOME. It's like a character in and of itself!
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Posted April 1, 2014
Even better than book 1! All of the characters are wonderful,it is a great story and a good plot with exciting twists and turns. a good clean read that makes me anxious to get to the next book in this series.
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Posted July 29, 2014
I picked up this series on a whim. It was inexpensive, and, as I'd been reading some very intense books previous to this, I wanted something more lighthearted. The 1st book in this series (A Distant Murder) was clunky. It jumped between 2 main style of voices: third-person subjective and narrative mode, but the transitions often felt forced and simplistic. Also, I figured out the mystery within the 1st few pages.
The characters Tilda and Morwenna have potential, but Addie and Pierce are nauseatingly cutesy. I appreciate the fact the author does not wish to promote swearing or excessive or gratuitous violence in her stories, but she needs to find a way to present the story without making it feel trite and saccharine.
One reviewer called Tilda an American Miss Marple. I can see some similarities in that Tilda is a sharp-minded elderly lady with a deceptively fluttery outer shell who knows human nature and who haunts the police. That being said, these books are no where as well written as the mysteries by Agatha Christie. The characters, the plotting, the mysteries: they are all very average in quality and, bar Tilda and Morwenna, have no real long term appeal. I don't feel the need or desire to read more about this town or it's people. Admittedly, this book, the 2nd in the series, was better than the 1st. If, however, I had not purchased all the books before reading the 1st in the series, I would not have purchased the subsequent books in the series, even though they were very inexpensive.
Posted May 1, 2014
Enjoying this terrific series. Even better than book #1. This is a delightful, well written, clean, cozy. Love a series where we get to know a quaint town, and the characters are so well described. Already starting book #3 !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2014