by Carolyn Haines
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #22
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
I have always loved this series for many reasons: the mysteries are always pretty good, the characters are wonderful, and the writing always felt naturally lyrical, with wit that just seemed to flow off Haines’ pen.
Not so much in this one. The wit and sparkle felt forced, the sentiment feigned and even the characters were reluctant to involve themselves in the mystery, which felt lacklustre in spite of it being well plotted.
As I write this I find myself wondering if this book isn’t a reflection of the author’s state of mind when she wrote it.View Spoiler »The characters are on holiday the week before Christmas and every lovely event they attend is marred by violence of some kind, and in the end, the only two likeable people are guilty, while the vilest of the suspects are innocent. « Hide Spoiler
This book definitely feels like a jaded mind at work. Hopefully not a sign of books to come.