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Anon, Sir, Anon Paperback – October 31, 2014
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The writing style of 'Anon, Sir, Anon' is very good- I haven't felt such a delicious sense of place and mood like this from a modern author in quite a while - the authoresses style seems to come from a much older and moe refined time - with Shakespearean quotes seasoning the lovely cadence and adding a rich flavor.
The concept was delightful - I loved the setting and the uncle / niece team - two odd characters in an less than understanding society who team up to walk through life with their chin up and their elbows out.
But while the characters were charming, but they seemed to fluctuate a bit throughout the story. The mystery seemed slightly piecemeal (but then I'm notoriously bad at following mysteries) and I must admit the ending was a bit of a disappointment - motives and reveals seemed to be shoe horned in without any real significance and since this book had devoted the entire first half of the book establishing the MCs as a team - I think it would have been better if the uncle had been more involved in the denouement - as it was, it felt like too much of a feminist nod to Vivi.
The steamy, sensational bits seemed shoved in at the end. Aside from not liking that sort of thing, there was a self conscious element too - as if it was inserted to make it 'more of a REAL (mean streets) mystery' - those details didn't add anything to the story that some other, more inventive twist couldn't have done better.
So while I enjoyed Ms. Heffington's style - the story itself didn't quite satisfy me.
Content: While I believe that this is a Christian author, I was rather surprised by the amount of content - there was a good bit of swearing as well as 'substitute swearing'. A few suggestive comments. One girls gets in a rather compromising situation and fears she will be taken advantage of. Murder and a battered corpse is described - we also find out about the death of an unborn child. A person has a child out of wedlock. (less)
Clearly, I’m a fan of Anon, Sir, Anon. If you love historical mysteries, definitely give this one a try. I must needs more Vivi and Farnham!
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Somewhere in the middle, she nearly lost me (I pulled back from some of the adventures Vivi found herself running into), but then she tied it all together with a wonderful ending that completely won me over again.
Rachel has a style of banter among her characters and a delightful (sometimes nonsensical) way of portraying things. You will frequently hear words like "snappy, cozy, lively, and cup of tea" associated with her writing.
This was a book I bought for my kindle, but I am now planning to buy it in paperback since I can think of other members of my family who might enjoy it. You might, too.