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I came to this after reading the Old Filth trilogy and A Long Way from Verona, and found it unengaging and lightweight by comparison. The themes and setting are very close to those of the Verona book, but the heroine is introverted and rather pedestrian, unlike the wonderful Jessica Vye. Some of the set piece scenes - you quickly get to know when these are on the horizon with Gardam - were jarringly sitcom-like, to the extent that I could almost hear audience canned laughter as I read them.
3 and a half stars - the author deserves no less given her terrific sense of humour and sprightly style, but not a great read