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on 28 June 2017
The characterisation in this book is much better than in a lot of M C Beaton's work.
Its people had multiple complex layers of troubled or dark pasts, differing public and private personas, secrets and selective honesty. It made for some great twists in the reader's perceptions of them and their situations. Their well drawn and well drawn out back stories lent the book more substance than I've come to expect from the author.
However, I've held back from a four star rating because the killer was too obvious from a process of logistical elimination.
I also don't like the progressively darker tone of the series with drugs, prostitution and mutilation rearing their ugly heads here. I just hope M C Beaton sees that the book's strong character and plot development - plus a bit of tightening up the whodunnit suspense - is the way forward!