Finished! It was okay, but the politics was a slog and the book really, really wasn't intended for newbies to the series. I'm pretty sure there were references to at least two or three previous books: one involving Marc Edwards' wife's first husband's murder, one that introduced this book's murder victim, and one featuring Marc's reunion with his mother.
Oh, and Cobb was a moron. Everyone kept talking about how he needed to learn tact, but his real problem was his habit of telling potential suspects everything.
Anyway, I can now mark the Murder Most Foul square.
This has become a little more interesting now that someone has finally been murdered (approximately 30 pages ago?). I'm also hopeful that the story will focus more on local rather than national politics from here on out. I have a better grasp of what's going on locally. One guy's about to become a bishop, and there's a debate over who's going to take over his position when he leaves. At the moment, the murderer appears to be someone who was influenced by the soon-to-be bishop's latest fiery sermon.
Written in Red, like the books which follow it, are set in a universe where man is not the dominant predator. Our heroine, in this first one, makes friends with Mr. Erebus Sanguinati - a very powerful vampire.
So I'm using it for Vampires. It would also work for Werewolves, Supernatural, or Monsters.
Read and Called:
Werewolves: Marked in Flesh, by Anne Bishop
In the Dark, Dark Woods: The Virgin in the Ice, by Ellis Peters
Locked Room Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie
Ghost: The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde
Read, but Not Called:
Supernatural: Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop
Vampires: Written in Red, by Anne Bishop
Called, but Not Read:
Murder Most Foul