[Reviews] All the Pretty HearsesDaheim has proven in the past that she can write great mysteries, but this particular one is a bit of a mess.
[Reviews] Whose BodyThe first novel from the infamous Dorothy L. Sayers was good, but not good enough to explain her literary notoriety.
Alex Delaware is back with an unpredictable investigation into the unraveling life of a former celebrity.
I actually rather like formulaic fiction, especially if the result is a good story. I like a dead body at the start of a mystery, which leads quickly into an investigation with a mild subplot that doesn't produce a slow in forward momentum. I like smart dialogue, clever but credible twists, and a sense of place. Mystery novels work best for me when they're comfortable escapes from a stressful world.
Most of the old magic is gone, and the seams are showing. It's time for some changes, dear author!
"Death of a Chimney Sweep" is the 26th book in a series, and I've read each one that preceded it. For that reason, I feel an attachment to the characters and setting that newer readers won't. Even so, I have to admit that the novel, like the ones that most recently preceded it, are lacking a certain something.
About par for the course, where the series is concerned, at least as of late. I fondly remember better days...
"Death of a Valentine" is another recent M. C. Beaton novel about Scottish police constable Hamish Macbeth. Sadly, the "recent" part of that description means that it's a bit of a disappointment, as the series seems to have lost its way at this point.
Unfocused and a little silly, this book is another example of the series performing at considerably less than its best.
"Death of a Witch" is the 25th book in M. C. Beaton's popular series, and unfortunately, it does nothing to break away from the recent downward slide toward general mediocrity. I love the setting and characters, but the stories are starting to lose their appeal.
                                                      
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