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A ghost of the Agatha we know and love
on 24 May 2017
This book ended up being less than the sum of its original parts. It started promisingly with some good humour and the character of Paul was a refreshing change from James and Charles in that increasingly tedious love triangle.
However, it then became very Enid Blytonish with secret passages and treasure. The main plot and mystery were somewhat thin, becoming less of a whodunnit and more of a proving Agatha's right about whodunnit.
In addition, Paul became too much like James, wanting it all ways. One minute he'd be keeping Agatha at a distance because of being married. The next he'd be interested but wouldn't show it. After that he'd be flying into jealous rages at her closeness to Charles and playing the loyal husband to his sloppy seconds wife.
There was too little in the way of subplot and humour, though this was ably provided by Mrs Davenport. Just as I cheered on the horrible housekeeper who livened up proceedings in one Famous Five book this resembled, so I welcomed her making this more like the good old Agatha Raisin read!