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Wish I could have enjoyed it more...,
This review is from: The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy (Burford Family Mysteries 1) (Paperback)
I've been looking for a new series of 'golden era'-style crime stories for a while. This looked promising, a potentially witty take on Christie's English country house conceit. However, in the event, I just didn't find it satisfying.
I found there were too many characters, several of who were so underdeveloped that they seemed to blur into one. One or two were so rarely mentioned that when their part in the denouement came about I had to resort to the 'cast list' at the start of the book to remind myself who they were! I also found that the 'jolly hockey sticks' style of language quickly began to get a bit cliched and over-done.
I thought that the character of Inspector Wilkins had some potential, however coming in so late in the story (more than half of the pagecount, I think, was spent setting up the crime events) he didn't get to make his mark. Also, I would have enjoyed it more if his 'simple, bumbling country sleuth' act (a la Columbo) had been maintained throughout his brief appearance rather than being effectively dropped after about one chapter.
Not shockingly bad - I have read worse - but it just didn't float my boat. I might get the next one out of the library just to see if things pick up, but I don't think I'll be parting with my hard-earned cash.