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1.0 out of 5 stars Call this a murder mystery?, 4 Nov. 2007
This review is from: How to Murder Your Mother-In-Law (Hardcover)
Ellie Haskell is irritated by her mother-in-law, as are various friends of hers. One day they all get together in the pub and have a conversation in which they discuss various methods of bumping off their irritating mothers-in-law. They are disconcerted when one of the mothers-in-law is subsequently murdered, and two others have attempts made on their lives. Evidently someone took their conversation seriously.

Having read enthusiastic reviews of this book, I had high hopes of it, but I thought it was feeble. For a start, the murder doesn't even take place until three-quarters of the way through the book, it's almost an afterthought. And the characters are so silly and exaggerated (apart from the rather bland heroine and her equally bland husband), it's impossible to get up any interest in them. I mean, a woman who organises a pie-baking contest to choose a husband for her son? Who could possibly believe in that, or in a woman willing to marry a wet lettuce who let himself be pushed around by his mother like that? I know you don't read murder mysteries for the gritty realism, but honestly there are limits.

A silly book with feeble characters and the mystery crammed into the last 50 pages or so. Not my idea of a good murder mystery.
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