I´m afraid the story of Luke Fitzwilliam and his search for a mass murderer in the small English village of Wychwood isn´t my favorite Christie.
Which is a shame, because the last third of the book and the solution of the murder were really, really good and I enjoyed them immensely. Agatha Christie knows how to mess with her readers.
Unfortunately I had to drag through two hundred boring pages before getting to the good stuff, in which Luke is interrogating the residents of Wychwood while falling in love with Bridget for no apparent reason at all. I liked neither of the two main characters and Luke has to be the most moronic police officer ever. Not caring about the characters has made this book a much less enjoyable read than some of Christies other novels.
It still was a fun read, despite it not being my favorite mystery by Agatha Christie. But in my opinion Murder is Easy not as good as some of her other books.
I wonder why Lord Whitfield isn´t on Luke´s suspect list? And why hasn´t Luke considered him just once of being the suspect?
Apparently Bridget, the female part of the half-baked lovestory, keeps distracting his thought processes. Not that they are an item just yet. But Luke is in love and honestly, I don´t get why.
Thanks to a woman's pricked pride, two people from different points in time, find themselves embroiled in the battle of wills...And hearts.
Aoibheal, Queen of the Fae, decides to make her husband, the King, and her jester jealous by talking about the almost mystical prowess (both in the battlefield and the boudoir) of Sidheach James Lyon Douglas, third Earl of Dalkeith. Apparently his appendage and stamina are able to possess a woman's soul. And the Queen claims to have experienced in first hand. Which makes the King and the Fool rather peeved and intent on revenge.
Enter Adrienne de Simone, all the way from 1997, badly burned by a beautiful, deceitful man with a black soul, which makes her hate all beautiful men at large. So what is she to do, when she's thrust back into 1513 Scotland and wed, by proxy, mind you (!) to a devastatingly beautiful (both in and out) man?
This is the first book in Moning's romance Highlander series. I prefer her in the romance author guise myself, because I like my books to actually have a beginning and an end all in one book, but that's just me.
It's obvious, this is the first book, since it sports the many first-book problems. It looks like KMM was still looking for her voice, tempo, and narrative style with this one.
For starters, the conflict dragged on for too long (almost two thirds of the story) and in the end came across as more of a stubbornness issue on the heroine's part than anything else. There was nothing to the conflict really to start with. Sure, she was badly burned, but hating all beautiful men because of the action of one specimen is a bit over the top.
The second problem I have with this story is the fact, the romance doesn't really "register". It's there because it's written, the resolution comes across as plausible, believable and sweet, because of the length of the conflict, so in the end the reader wants the hero and heroine to be together just to end the idiocy of the conflict that's keeping them apart.
Unfortunately, the story is so focused on the conflict and heroine's trust issues that it never lingers overmuch on the characters, leaving the reader slightly bewildered to the fact why these two love each other so much in the end, when the reader barely knows them.
And the third problem is the antagonist, but that's just me, since I loved him in his own book that comes later in this series.
Still, the story is well-written, though slightly underdeveloped, overblown in places and rather plodding in others. It's set in Scotland (my favorite setting of them all no matter the time frame), it features a yummy Scottish, kilt-wearing laird that falls (inexplicably) head over heels for the first woman who resists him (novelty, I guess), and is filled to the brim with wonderful supporting cast.
It could be better. It should be better, but it could also be a lot, lot worse, so it gets three stars.
I like it and I won't mind re-reading it in the future.
So far so good. I recall now that at the time this book was kind of scary to me when I read when I was a kid. As an adult, it's not scary, just gruesome. We have a mysterious man with a connection to Thad Beaumont who seems hell bent on murdering people who harmed the author in some way. I recall Sheriff Alan Pangborn from "Needful Things", but honestly forgot he was in this one.