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Weighed In The Balance
on 25 July 2012
Countess Rostova makes an accusation of murder, which leads to her being sued for slander. Oliver Rathbone takes the case and as usual Monk and Hester get dragged into it.
Words fail me a bit here. There was some perverse enjoyment to be had reading this, as it is one of the silliest books I've read in ages. What would a make reasonable, if implausible novella is dragged out to impossible lengths here. Perry adds pages and pages of padding but this only makes things more tedious. The slander trial entertains but only due the craziness of the proceedings. Why did no one bother to actually ask Countess Rostova why she thought Gisela had committed murder? Why not make Countess Rostova explain herself? Probably because everything hinges on everyone, including the Countess, to be pig ignorant.
A complete disaster, silly, patronising and disappointing. It feels as though Perry made this one up as it went along. There are one or two nice moments regarding Robert and Miss Stanhope but the rest should have been rejected by the publisher.