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This review is from: The Wedding Game: A Mystery at the University of Michigan (Hardcover)I eagerly awaited this book's availability at my local library, as I have read all the other Anneke Haagen books with pleasure. I was particularly looking forward to this book, because of the expected nuptials of Anneke and Karl Genesko. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me on severals levels.
First of all, in what I thought was a fairly weak ruse, Susan Holtzer takes Genesko out of the picture almost completely early on. This isn't what I've come to expect from his participation, so that was disappointing.
Secondly, she introduces us a little more to Anneke's annoying family, which wasn't very fulfilling at all in terms of character interaction either.
I think a good mystery is predicated on the reader's caring for either the victim, the killer, or the crime solver, and in this book, which takes place a lot in an online forum, I couldn't muster up any concern for any of them. Yes, there is a certain amount of cleverness to the plot, but I missed the meat of the character's interacting with one another, and I found so much Virtual Reality to be distracting.
Ms. Holtzer said she wasn't sure it would work at the end of the book, and I don't think it did. At least, it didn't for me.