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1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book I have ever read, 4 April 2009
This review is from: The Stargazey (Richard Jury Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
But for some reason I kept reading it. Perhaps because I was on a succession of bumpy bus rides in Guatemala and I didn't care if it bumped out of my hand and out the window, perhaps because it is a page turner in the sense that it is so shallow you can dip in anywhere and not need to know what has gone on before (it's like Eastenders without the grasp of human motives or humanity). I think the real reason I read it all the way through was that each page confirmed that old saw about the British and the USA being two cultures separated by a common language. The extent to which Ms. Grimes misunderstands England is breathtaking, her picture of London is based on a London that is no more and probably never was. The words she puts in the mouths of her characters sound like the worst of daytime TV whodunnit mixed with what I can only assume is her involvement with a particularly malelovlent pub crowd who have misinformed her about the meaning and idiom of elements of conversation (I do not think they were saying 'swank', dear, try leaving a letter off). I was going to be charitable to her until she introduced the concept of the British paying to borrow books (and a child called Bub!), when you have a free public library system also with library vans visiting practically every rural village why would you have not one, but two, pay per book establishments in a Northamptonshire village. Maybe she is going for the Science Fantasy market? By the way, Stargazey Pie is a particularly well known Cornish recipe for a dish of pilchards covered with pastry crust through which the heads and tails of the fish poke. The eyes are still in the fish heads, they could gaze at the stars if still alive.
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