Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Something Borrowed, Something Dead by M.C.Beaton

The recession was biting deeper into private detective Agatha Raisin's finances.

This suggests conflict of the person vs. society variety. It also suggests that either this detective sucks at her job or there are no crimes to solve. Either way, it's a letdown. With the rest of the first paragraph we are left with the possibility that either this detective isn't very good or that people are too cheap to hire her.

As with most cozy mysteries, this one eases you in. Setting and character are introduced first. Unlike Agatha Christie's novels though, by page 3 (or page 2 since the pages are small and the font size larger) there is a glimpse of a murder about to happen.

First thing said:

"Come in, Mrs. Raisin."

Nevertheless, as a series book, this fails to hook readers from the get go. Those familiar with the series and the characters won't care how uninteresting the opening is.

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Theodore Moracht

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