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A good read
on 11 March 2010
Some second novels can be really disappointing - it's almost as if the author has used up all available creativity. This short novel seemed to me to be more relaxed and authorative than the first in the series. I found the plotting much more assured, and the character development continues apace, as I had hoped. As in the first in the series, there are far too many inappropriate uses of "t'" as a shortform for "the" (or perhaps "to" in some cases) in the reported speech of uneducated characters. (I have noticed other US authors have difficulties in portraying English speech patterns.) Although the author has obviously spent a lot of time in the UK and has many friends here, some of his descriptions of our fauna - and particularly our flora - seemed a bit odd, though I am sure that in the US these very minor issues pass without notice. All in all, an enjoyable read, with a sympathetic and very human narrator, who does seem to be developing in a promising way. I look forward to the next in the series, which I understand is on the way.