Series: Lila Maclean #1
I guess this book was okay, but I found it kind of condescending and not nearly as tightly-told as it could have been. There were a lot of extraneous details that the author though should be included to flesh out the characters but that didn’t do much for the story and I didn’t really think they were necessary.
The police were made to look like imbeciles. I’m not sure if that was the intention. There were also quite a few melodramatic plot elements that I had to raise an eyebrow at.
e.g. secret societies, daggers with symbols, the bad guy confessing while threatening to kill everyone…
It probably didn’t help that I came off another cozy mystery that I thought held together a lot better even though there were still some elements that I suppose I could have taken exception to (A Pint of Murder by Charlotte MacLeod).
I’m not sure whether I’ll read the next book since MbD wasn’t impressed. It won’t be high on my list, anyway.
I’m giving it an extra half star because the feminist themes in the book have merit although I don’t think they were presented in a particularly interesting manner or utilized as well as they could have been.
Various sources have the page count for this book ranging from 213 to 246 pages, so I’m going to count is as the 201 to 400 pages ranges, or $3 for booklikes-opoly. This brings my bank to $25. I’m counting this book for square #17, cozy mystery. It’s tagged as that on GR, so I think it counts. MbD will probably back me up on the genre too.