on 10 October 2010
Marjorie, the main character, lives in small town America during the Depression. She is an author of mystery novels who turns detective to solve a couple of murders that have caused consternation amongst the local community. She is ably assisted by a wealthy newcomer to town, who has bought the expensive mansion down the road. He needs something to fill his days and, smitten as he is with Marjorie, he decides to help her out as an editor or her work, and as a companion to her detecting. He loves her and does what he can to make sure that she notices him. Irriitatingly, she has decided that she is interested in a police detective who is tall, dark, handsome and friendly. He too finds her attractive. So,the author has created an unnecessary love triangle. As readers, we are led to believe that she is more suited to the wealthy aristocrat and are as frustrated by her refusal to accept him as a suitor, as he is.
The story of the murders is handled competently. However, the writing is average, the dialogue is often stilted, and the descriptions are lifeless. Characterisation is minimal. We are introduced to a frustrating heroine who isn't interesting enough for us to like her.
This novel is an easy read, lighthearted with some successful attempts at wit. I shall try the next one in the series, Ghost of a Chance, on the assumption that the author should improve as she goes on.
Three stars suggests that this book is 'ok'. Yes, that's about right.