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Great Style - Poor Plot
on 9 September 2014
This is my first trip into the books concerning Vicky Bliss though I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them very much. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this book lived up to the previous work I have read by this author.
Vicky Bliss is an American working in a German museum. She has a love/hate relationship with art conman and thief whom she has met in previous books in the series. I haven't read these books but that didn't make any difference to the reading of this one, it was easy to get up to speed. She receives a cryptic message & plane ticket from this man, John Smythe, and goes racing off to Sweden. What follows is a farcical chase for hidden treasure including a gang of notorious art thieves, a dubious policeman and an elderly swedish millionaire.
I very much enjoyed the style of writing in this book. Vicky Bliss is narrating the book with plenty of amusing asides & self-deprecating comments. This is light and fun to read and I very much enjoyed the way it was written.
The problem with this book was the plot. Any amount of great writing and characters will not carry a book along if the plot is flawed. This plot has more holes than a swiss cheese. Characters do quite inexplicable things and change personalities at a whim which did leave me floundering somewhat. The author skipped over events that required more complex detail leaving me wondering how some things had been acheived. Vicky and John Smythe spend quite some time on an island surrounded by armed men but seem to manage to do exactly what they want without a single bullet being fired. It was all rather cartoonish. The actual story was very weak and when I came to the end I realised that practically nothing had been achieved in the book.
Much as I enjoyed the style of this book, I shall not be hurrying to read any more in this series.