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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine how it could be worse, 30 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
I hated this. I hated it within the first chapter, and I still hated it in exactly the same way when I forced myself to the end. This is a trivial book. It's lightweight throwaway writing that simply isn't worth the paper or effort of reading. Did we really develop literature for _this_?

As a whodunnit, it's about the simplest example one could write and still class as the genre. Yes there's a murder and there's a search for a murderer, but that's about it. There's simply no suspense here, let alone any sort of mystery to solve. Spoiler: The nasty guy gets murdered and it's the next-nastiest guy who did it. The nice guy was innocent all along. That's also just about the depth of characterisation in this book. Characters are barely described, let alone characterised. Only the central narrator herself gets any sort of detail and she's too feebly written to be of interest. I've read LiveJournals that had more artistic depth than this!

Clearly the research was skimped too (I happened to choose this book from the series because I'm also a blacksmith selling on the re-enactor circuit). If you ever want a (very) long lecture on historical detail, then just try telling a re-enactor with a musket that they're firing "bullets" rather than ball. Shoddy writing all round.

It has just two saving graces. It's thin, and the awful bird puns are restricted to the titles.
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