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- Print Length: 226 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499366027
- Publication Date: May 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KHZKN46
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glimpses of promise too
Aunt Bessie is an active, observant old lady with just a touch of the curmudgeon. I loved her. She has the perfect arrangement with the bookshop in Ramsey, and she's known to one and all. In fact, she has her fingers on the pulse of all the "skeet" (gossip) in the area, and when the new Detective Inspector Rockwell finds this out, he begins coming to Aunt Bessie for her insight. I have to admit that I enjoyed having a police officer in a book who is willing to use the knowledge that is put in his path. Yes, Xarissa has created a strong cast of characters that I want to know more about.
Unfortunately there were a couple of things in the book that lessened my enjoyment. In the last two-thirds of the book, I lost count of the number of times Aunt Bessie grinned. "Grin" and "grinned" were ferociously overused in the book.
The wrap-up of the investigation also had a couple of holes in it. (1) Why on earth would a police officer on a stakeout leave the stakeout to go grocery shopping? (2) Why would another police officer look through a window and just watch while someone is being killed? Those two things don't make sense.
But no matter how many times Aunt Bessie showed me her teeth, and despite the nonsensical actions of two police officers, I still enjoyed this book because of its setting and because of Aunt Bessie and her friends. Excessive smiling can be fixed. So can holes in an investigation. Aunt Bessie has great bones, and I'll be reading the next book in the series.
This story is the first in a series and it's lovely. A little old lady more modern than Miss Marple with a cottage in the village of Laxey stumbles upon s murder.
The plot is only s third of the story the other two third being the characters. One third all yo itself is the character of the island itself, self governing, independent yet tied to Britainby tradition and proximity.
The story talks of village life which the author knows luckily as although American she lived on Man for a decade. The murder plot is simple enough and fast paced and fun.
If you are curious about out of the way places and prime with very healthy appetites you'll enjoy this book with its rich descriptions of people and food.
I liked it enough I shall read number two in the series. I recommend you try it.