- File Size: 399 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499366027
- Publication Date: May 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KHZKN46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aunt Bessie Assumes (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
glimpses of promise too
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Another beginner failing was the need to find alternatives to the perfectly adequate word, 'said'. On a single page, I found ...Doona suggested; ...Hugh told them; ...Doona speculated; ...Hugh inserted(!!!). When Xarissa does use said, it is nearly always qualified with an adverb.
There are far too many takeaway dinners and conversations over tea and biscuits and policemen would not readily discuss an ongoing case with a local - especially as she had found the body.
I'm sorry to say, i found the plot much too thin and the ending implausible and unbelievable.
I'm sorry to say
Personally, I prefer a bit more meat on my murder mysteries, so won't read any more of these. OK though if you like your crime 'cosy' (not cozy!!!)
I was hooked after ch1 and could not put the book down. The characters are ordinary human beings and the description of places on Isle of Man, make me want to go visit there. Aunt Bessie is a loveable grandmother figure who is sprightly for her age and makes you smile at many of her remarks. She is Auntie to most of the characters and has known them since they were children. The storyline in fast paced and believable with several twists and turns along the way. I thought I had solved the crime early in but changed my mind several times.I want to read mire Aunt Bessie books now, they are great.
This was an easy who dunnit read that was very enjoyable. The setting and the storyline were great and the characters were believable. Aunt Bessie stumbles across a dead man on her early morning walk on the beach and from there the mystery deepens with a further murder and countless suspects, by the end I had picked the wrong one!!
Although this is based in the Isle if man there are a few American expressions in the book but this is down to the author having lived in America and I found it didn't annoy me or make me like the story any less.