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Second Milennia Miss Marples,
This review is from: Maxwell's Grave (Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell Mystery) (Paperback)
And second rate too. This has to be the most awful book I've read in a long, long time. For me, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell (be wary of anyone calling themselves 'mad'; like 'zany' or 'crazy' it's a euphemism for irritating idiot) works neither as a hero nor anti-hero, he's an anacronism, not old enough to be an interfering old fool but far too old to be a 'pesky kid' from a plot straight out of Scooby Doo! Sadly, we all know a 'Mad Max', he's the smug but sad git who alone thinks he is witty, to everyone else he's just a pain in the rump. Thinks he's eccentric, really just an oddball, a mediocre comprehensive teacher rather than the cloistered academic he longs to be. Had this been published a century - or even half a century ago - it might just have been acceptable in a quaint Christie kind of way but in an era of Rankine, Robinson et al this just doesn't do it for me. Apparently this is the tenth outing - I won't be rushing to buy the first nine.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2012 14:07:02 BDT
I would say you missed the point of the book!!
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 13:50:34 GMT
Several things in this rant strike a little oddly but mostly why does someone who has barged in ten books into a series feel they can be so belittling.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2014 10:00:31 BDT
Totally agree, you really need to have read the first nine books to get into Max and understand him.
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