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on 26 September 2011
I've just finished The Black Cat, having read the entire series as a reading Challenge for 2011. I enjoyed this latest book, though maybe it did not quite reach the heights of some of the other entries. Hope this one will not be the last.
The series has always been quirky, interesting and informative; the last few books spending quite a lot of time on subjects like quantum mechanics and (in this one) the novels of Henry James. Many of the characters carry on right through the series and she has a plethora of undeniably cute dogs, cats and children, many of the latter one would really not wish to meet in real life.
The early books had some rather wild British geographical and other bloopers but lately my only gripe, and it applies to this one, is the language. I can take the Americanisms in the narrative, even the ubiquitous and ever jarring 'gotten', but dialogue should be right and she puts some words in the mouths of British people that they would never utter. No Englishman, for one example, would call a car exhaust a 'muffler'.
Minor quibbles aside I thoroughly enjoyed The Black Cat, and the rest of the series.