Top positive review
Books let down by endings
26 July 2017
All these books are intelligent, interesting and well-written, for most part. There's great improvement in the flow and plotting since the first book, and one can really get lost in the story and empathise with the characters. However, the overall impression could be improved with better endings. Most of the story is engaging and unpredictable, only to dissolve in a puddle of cliches. Such as the 'nemesis' plot device who could have given a better ending, at least in this story, if he was finally killed off. For all the decent story and character development, the ending was chaotic, it dragged on and it didn't offer any real resolutions, which feels like a let down.
Other pet peeves are insencere 'compliments' to protagonist's powers of detection. This is better done with more subtlety and subtext, or at least showing rather than telling. Another issue (which has improved somewhat) are numerous exclamation points, which don't belong in well-written fiction. And finally, the editing lets the book down in places, especially in word repetition department.
There's enough charm here to keep reading, and these books are much better written than a lot of contemporary cozy mysteries, but as long as these issues persist, four stars is as much as I can give.