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August 12, 2014

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I've read all Upson's Tey novels, and enjoyed the first three but was very disappointed with this one. However your review makes me think perhaps I was underestimating it -- I did think the plot was really weak and rather silly, to be honest, but having read what you say about the characters I can see what you mean. I don't suppose I'll re-read it, but I shall start thinking more kindly about it.

Hello Harriet - yes I was initially disappointed too. As a trad crime novel it is odd. The first death occurs on page 197 which seems a long time to wait, and the finding of the bodies quite some time later. There is a lot of soul searching too on the relationship front which slows the pace. I found when I stopped trying to read a crime novel and just read a novel with a crime, I got on very much better with it. I wondered how much this was a conscious mirroring of elements of Tey's own writing.

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