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A Romance NOT a Crime or Science Fiction Novel
on 27 March 2008
Did we read the same book? This was the most AWFUL piece of rubbish I have ever read. Basically, this book is about "THE-BEST-COP-IN-THE-WHOLE-WORLD" who is married to "THE-RICHEST-MAN-IN-THE-UNIVERSE". Just WHY she is the "best cop in the world" is not clear, but she must be because all the characters in the book keep repeating this mantra as though it is gospel. There is an interesting murder plot that develops at the beginning of the book, however, it transpires within the first three chapters that there is only one character that could have done it, thereby completely removing any form of suspense.
Shortly there is a ludicrous plot involving character assasination by a colleague and suddenly "THE-BEST-COP-IN-THE-WORLD"'s life is over even though she is married to "THE-RICHEST-MAN-IN-THE-UNIVERSE" who also happens to be "THE-BEST-LOOKING-MAN-IN-THE-UNIVERSE" and who gives her everything she ever wanted in her life. They have ridiculous relations over and over again. At one point "THE-BEST-COP-IN-THE-WORLD" says to her husband that she is not sure why she bothers being a police officer and, I must admit, I found myself wondering that myself, given that she is married to "THE-RICHEST-MAN-IN-THE-WORLD" and could probably do much better things to help the world. I found her character completely unbelievable and the extremes in the book just - well - too extreme.
I need to be fair, I do not like romance novels. "Conspiracy in Death" is a romance novel written by a romance writer, regardless of whether she writes under a pseudonym or not. The science fiction element of the novel is completely undeveloped and may as well not be part of the book. The crime element preoccupies approximately 1/5 of the book, the rest is about the life and loves of "THE-BEST-COP-IN-THE-WORLD".
I like crime novels to be about the crime, and I very seldom enjoy being regailed with the personal lives of the sleuths unless it has some relationship to the plot.