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Beast of a Feast: A Chloe Boston Mystery Paperback – November 4, 2011
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Melanie Jackson is the award-winning author of more than fifty novels, novellas and poems published in various languages. She lives with her writer husband, her bossy cat and spoiled dog in the Sierra foothills where it is almost impossible to grow pumpkins (or anything else the deer like). Besides gardening, she is involved with animal charities.
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This book was longer than her usual, which normally I would appreciate. In this case, however, it just dragged on the misery.
The numerous stories that other characters were telling Chloe as she made her rounds were fine, even though they didn't seem to contribute to the plot in any way. I could have skipped the entire out-of-control Thanksgiving theme, as my tastes do not run to chaos-as-humor. And I didn't like that Chloe was once again more morose than quirky, something I thought we got over in the last book. But all of these are minor concerns to my real issues.
The mystery in this book was a child abduction, not a murder of someone largely unimportant to the reader. And the cops - including Chloe - couldn't have been more lackadaisical in solving it. As in: Tomorrow I was determined to involve myself in the investigation, but today I'm going to do my meter-maiding. After all, the child has only been missing for four or five days at this point.
And WTF was the bit at the end? That was supposed to be heartwarming? A sweet holiday message? Not to most people, especially doctors, cops and PARENTS!
Even if you are a fan of the series, skip this book.
Wonderful lead character with just enough of that "girl next door" bumbling to be believable. (and with a dog no less) The end effect on this reader is I can see myself and my friends as these characters. Chloe lives down the street. I have known her all my life. Haven't you? Of course you have!
I also like that this story has a certain morality to it that I embrace. I would have been a big time pisser-and-moaner if I were Chloe's husband. But I love the idea that this wonderful feast unfolds without this negative voice. That is very cool. It makes for a very sweet story.
Let's read more.