My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the fourth or so time of reading this fun book, and though my memory jogged me on which character to focus on, which one was fishy, the murderer reveal still came as a complete surprise to me.
This is the kind of book one reads for pure escapism when life is just a bit too hard and you need something light to take your mind off things. It’s well written in that the author details the characters so well, you can hear and see and smell them, and the plot is believable — for the most part. There were one or two plot points involving the librarian — and if memory serves, this is true in the next two books as well — that are just too contrived to be believable. A little more thought, and these points could have been humourous instead of annoyingly fake. I also wonder if publishers hire proofreaders and decent editors anymore for mass market books; but though obvious, like a sneaker turning into a slipper, the consistency errors and typos were thankfully rare.
All in all, a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.