Just read all 22 of them back-to-back. My mind is all muddled. It is the first time where I have encountered "heroes" that I do not really admire and I don't know really why.
I must have "liked" the books because, as I said, I read them all. I think the writing, for the most part, is first-rate. In fact, one of the reasons that may explain why I continued with them (and will, most likely, buy and read future entries in the series) is because Grimes steps away from the ordinary. Some of the "good" people die! At least one of the "villains" doesn't come to justice (yet.)
There are some things that bother me and one of the major things is the time-line. Although (at least the last few) the books are set in late 90s, Jury, et al, "remember" WWII. That places him at age late 60s or so but he isn't written to be that age. Both he and Plant occasionally refer to themselves as being 50-ish, IMMHO, they are too old to be going through such coming-of-age type angst. The sex scenes (all closed-door so it isn't a complaint (which I wouldn't make anyway) about graphic descriptions) are bothersome. No "relationship" (except there does appear to be an "adult" relationship developing now) - they just kind fall into bed. For those women Jury (apparently) has feelings for, one of them spanned 10 YEARS without contact and, as written, had no basis in actual fact anyway.
The mystery parts are uneven across the books and that is actually ok with me. Meaning that some books focus on the mystery and some on the background of the various people involved.
Then there are the characters that I despise. I absolutely HATE Agatha. I find nothing humorous about someone who steals. I find nothing humorous about someone who intrudes on another for food and service. If these were written during Regency or other British time-periods where rules of conduct were so vital, then, maybe.
Sorry for the long post. Guess I'm more curious about my reactions to these books and this series than anything else. The very fact that I continue to ponder all this does, IMO, indicates that Ms. Grimes has been successful in giving me my own mystery to solve.
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