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on 6 July 2015
69 five star reviews so far - though a lot of them of the "Great! Must buy more books by this author" variety - so what am I missing?
Certainly not the hackneyed plot, cardboard characters, unlikely situations, complete lack of suspense, and dialogue so contrived and wooden that it's hard to tell if it's a 12 year old boy or his grandmother speaking. A stiff, smug and patronising sleuth (he's a sexual magnet for all the women in the castle, apparently) who recounts everything in such dogged detail that it reads like a police statement, is just the cherry on the cake. I skimmed through to the end to find out whodunnit, and found that I didn't care.
Two stars because it was free, and I've read worse, I suppose: it's unpretentious, and very clear and thorough. If you were looking for an undemanding, old-fashioned country house murder mystery to pass the time on the daily commute or whatever then it might do, but I thought it was extremely dull.