Monday, 17 February 2014

The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

If I hadn't been desperate for a job and a new place to live, I might have made a run for it as soon as I got a good look at the sour face.

On the surface this looks like preamble but it does manage to present a situation that suggests conflict, being desperate to find a new place and a character in the form of a sour face.

What follows is a narrator looking for a job and an interesting help wanted ad. The standard tone of a cocky narrator is established early on. This tone is all the rage nowadays. Then the first chapter plods along with the interview interspersed with back story and witty lines to ensure we understand the clever and adorable personality of the narrator.

First thing said:

"I was expecting a man."

Though this opening dialogue does not reveal plot it does reveal character.

The hook is more in the title. Mystery fans and especially those who like cozy mysteries will definitely be attracted to this, how could they not be with the Dame Christie's name in the title with the word curse?

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Theodore Moracht

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