Oh dear, the Murder She Wrote series takes another dip with 'A Fatal Feast'.
I had such high hopes for this book, especially after the recent (and wonderful) 'Madison Avenue Shoot' which re-captured some of the lost glory of the early MSW books.
However, for this latest outing, Jessica is bogged down by a romantic interlude with her 'Scotland Yard' beau George Sutherland (who is, at best, irritating and, at worst, one of the weakest elements in this ongoing series - why can't someone kill him off and let Jessica solve his murder... surely two birds with one stone?).
Also annoying is the fact that the book only totals 279 pages and yet the murder doesn't happen until page 150, which leaves the resulting investigation and conclusion almost a 'tack on', whereas the start of the book is clogged up with a story re-hash of G.L.O.T.C.O.Y.B (which the author, Bain, has taken directly from the pages of 'Run & Razors' - the official second book in the series). Does he not think that that MSW fans will remember and call him out on such a shocking storyline repeat?!?
This book, for me, ranks well up there with the worst from the series and I would encourage any new reader to avoid any novel in this series published after 2005 and stick with the earlier books when, it would seem, that the author had some original and cleverly-plotted ideas!