An average read,
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This review is from: Die Laughing (Daisy Dalrymple) (Kindle Edition)
I wouldn't say it was a bad read, nor would I say it was a particularly good one either. It was like an Agatha Christie wannabe trying to emulate one of the greatest mystery writers, and this effort disappointed me in content and execution.
Finding your dentist dead when you arrive for your appointment has actually been done before, and then the introduction of so many characters into the plot was overwhelming (so as to make out the world and his wife wanted him dead). I got quite confused about who was who and how this one was connected to that one. I'm not even sure the Daisy character was believable either given the era setting, and I wonder how many wives of police inspectors, as she was, irrespective of title (The Honourable) would be allowed access to confidential information about an ongoing crime even if they were the one's who found the victim. It all seemed a little far-fetched to me.
It might be just me, but I became impatient to reach the conclusion as the story did seem to go 'around the houses' a bit, and so much detail left me bewildered. But then there was another death about three-quarters of the way in and clues as to the perpetrator were quickly and neatly forthcoming. On the other hand, trying to be fair, I stuck with it even though in my humble opinion it was over-long. I had to find out who the culprit was as all avid mystery readers are prone to do, but in all honesty that's the only reason I was determined to finish it. Don't take my word for it because by all accounts many other reviewers absolutely loved it.