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DEATH BY BOREDOM
on 27 November 2008
Its such a shame that this series of books have taken such a downward spiral over the past couple of years - earlier books were involving, exciting, multi-charactered with many red-herrins. However the past years have seen a dramatic drop in the entertainment value of these novels, which have been lazy and uninteresting (much like the later series of the wonderful TV series, with which this series of books share so many similarities).
Basically, this book see's Jessica Fletcher travel to Savannah to solve a 40 year old murder (as well the more recent murder of her old friend). An intriguing premise you'd think - only its not. For a murder mystery the list of possible suspects was incredibly short, their motives weak (in fact, between the 3 primary suspects the motive was the same) and the ending boringly plain.
I guessed the 'whodunit' after the first couple of chapters and vainly hoped that I was wrong throughout the remainder of the novel, but no - I was right. Its almost as if the author (Bain) has stopped bothering and in his efforts to maintain a twice-yearly publication schedule for new title's simply bangs out the story (which irritatingly contains more & more of his 'insights' in to places Jessica finds herself and the events that shaped that place - clearly he enjoys researching his murder locale's and likes to include titbits of info, its just a shame this comes at the expense of the story). I also wonder if Bain has simply lost interest and has a 'that'll do' attitude to this long running series of books.
If you are tempted to re-visit Jessica and enjoy a cosy-murder mystery then please, PLEASE, try earlier books from this series such as the wonderful 'MURDER IN A MINOR KEY' or 'MURDER ON THE QE2'. Or try 'MURDER IN MOSCOW' or 'A PALETTE FOR MURDER' but, for the benefit of your own enjoyment, do not try anything published later than 2004 and the awful 'DESTINATION MURDER' or else you may be the victim of 'Death by Boredom'.....