I really wanted to enjoy Honey-Dew. I'd just finished Apple Tree Yard
which swept me up and kept me involved for days. However Honey Dew is a different kettle of fish, maybe a literary joke I didn't really get, a pastiche perhaps. For me there was no complex plot, just an unfolding. There is a crime to solve but no one tries very hard as it all appears to be immediately explainable. This came across as flat.
The two female leads, teenage Gemma and local reporter Alison have both endured damaging childhoods with over powering parents. As we are introduced to their lives they seem to blend - for me this was too much, they could have been the same person.
Rutland in summer is an unexpected setting for this Midsomer Scenario. References are made to previous political ructions, independence, part of the authors background.
Described as `a bitterly funny satire on the whole tradition of the cosy English killing', to me it came across as an unsatisfactory hybrid. I liked it in parts, the bits that were Barbara Vine-ish yes, with some sharp and thoughtful observations that I took to.
I didn't get what the title referred to. An answer would be appreciated!