I picked this up after reading a discussion on Themis' blog where it emerged that Nicholas Blake and C Day Lewis were the same man.
I listened to the audiobook sample and was captured by the delicious language: slightly archaic to the modern ear but razor-sharp. The narrator is in raconteur / Greek chorus mode. The text sparkles. I'm hooked.
I think I've found a new series to binge on. And I hope all the audio versions are read by Kris Dyer. After Lispector, this is just what the doctor ordered!
And hooray, this is mentioned in Chapter 24 of "The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books", so I get to check off another square of the Detection Club bingo, too!
I enjoy this series a lot - it's cozy without being twee, and the mysteries are reasonably well plotted most of the time. I also love that Kuhn shows way more than she tells; this might be the only reason I'd tell someone to read these in order. The stories don't require it at all, but the author doesn't waste her established readers' time by going over all the backstory. New readers might feel lost if they started with book 3 instead of book 1.
The Spirit in Question isn't anything I can rave about, it was just an enjoyable story. My first inclination was to give it 3.5 stars, but that's more a reflection of my bias against mysteries that take place in the theatre. It's a haunted theatre though, so that gave it an edge for me.
The plotting was solid; I had no idea who the killer was. But on the other hand, the motive for the killer felt a little weak. Possibly, maybe, one that unconsciously falls back on an old stereotype that feminists would grind their teeth over. It didn't bother me, but I did notice it.
My only complaint about the series overall is that she doesn't write them faster. I need more solid, dependable cozy/traditional series in my life like this one.
Jessica and two other authors have been invited to a murder mystery interactive play. During the play, one of the characters is murdered, but he is murdered for real. Jessica is asked to help by the authors, friends of hers, and the detective from town who has been trapped with his men at the hotel. There is a freak snowstorm that closes the road up the mountain.
I did enjoy the show, "Murder, She Wrote" and still watch whenever it shows on tv and I am awake (a rarity) and so these books are fun for me.