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This review is from: A Gentleman of Fortune (Paperback)
I didn't fall instantly in love with this series. A heavy head cold when I started reading the first book made me wonder if it was me or the plot that was a bit lacklustre. I think it was, perhaps, a bit of both. There isn't anything hugely surprising in the plot in either the first or in this - a committed Agatha Christie fan would have got to the solution by the halfway point, and sometimes the narrative is anachronistic, and the letters may hark back to a time when letter writing was important and welcome, but in this narrative I find them irritaing and intrusive and a little bit like tell rather han show - almost the easy way out to get into Dido's head - a fence-sitting approach to point of view. Nevertheless, the writing style is engaging, letters aside, and the characters interesting. It's not writing to set the world on fire, but it has charm and certainly enough engagement to carry you through to the end.
Enjoyable, comfortable, well-written in the most part - you couldn't ask for much more in a gentle thriller of this period. I shall certainly be reading the third and any further installments. Dido is a character that grows on you.