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- Print Length: 211 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520590393
- Publication Date: February 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06VV16VTY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Confessional (The Blake Harte Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I gave this book two stars for the following reasons: 1 for a nominally interesting mystery premise (closed-room-murder-lite), though I'd guessed the method right away - cinched by the priest-questioning scene shortly thereafter - and guessed the perpetrator by about 30-35% into it.
The second star I granted for some of the characterizations. Unfortunately only 1 of the MCs, Harrison, interested me, along with supporting staff Matti and Patil. However, if my not yet 30-yr-old son acted as petulantly and immaturely as Blake, I'd slap him upside-the-head and tell him he needed to grow up...
So to the major detractors:
Let's start with the "MC romance" bit. I was OK with the fact that the two MCs hadn't automatically hooked up in a HEA at the end of the first book because, hey, that's life. Sometimes it DOESN'T happen. What wasn't OK was the fact that in the epilogue of book 1 (subtitled: Nine Months Later), they meet up for the promised drink when Blake's BFF is in town. Then book 2 starts with Harrison "bemoaning" how the last SIX months have been a living hell since what happened with the parents, and how he hadn't really seen Blake in several months since that drink, and... wait! Did I read that wrong? No, no I didn't. Because shortly there after we're talking about how so much has happened in less than a year and OMG life ain't so beautiful. 9 months + let's say few (3) months = minimum 1 yr. Can we, please, make sure that we are aligning out book timelines? (This is really a pet peeve of mine.)
Then there's the conflicting details. I can't remember the exact scene because by that point I was considering whether or not to stop reading, but we're told something is of one color, for instance, then a few paragraphs later it's described as another color. Some is holding an object, and shortly there after, someone else is with no mention or even chance of it passing hands. Someone is in the driver's seat and then someone else gets in to drive. That kind of thing. And I'd have to stop, go back, and double check. Maybe it's just me, I create a mental movie when I read, and those continuity errors get my goat! (Hey now, that's another potentially interesting and under utilized character, Betty the Goat!)
Now, one of the big issues: If you want me to suspend disbelief - I'm all for it. But this series is not a fantasy, future-fiction, or alternate universe so the total lack of accuracy here about how the Catholic Church operates is downright ridiculous. Did the author not even attempt to speak to a Catholic about how things works? I know lots of Catholics in the UK, there must have been someone he could ask. I can only assume that he wrote it originally as being some other religion (CoE maybe), then realized he needed the confessional (that's what it's called, BTW), and so switched out the religion. As for the easily researched, learned, acquired, or Googleable details:
1) There are *NO* female priests (whether we agree with that or not). Period. Doesn't happen, not even in the UK.
2) Confession happens before mass not after, otherwise you can't 'take' communion.
3) Priests are never called vicar - that's a CoE term - it's Father Insert-Name-here. (So, either Father Tim or Father Croydon, depending on your familiarity with said priest.)
4) Confirmation ceremonies don't happen off-the-cuff, nor without extreme planning, so the "verger" (I'm going to assume that's an acceptable/applicable term for the role in the UK because I know it's used in CoE) would not have been up in the bell tower with his boyfriend at T-minus-10 minutes. And confirmations don't last only 'about 20 minutes' - even what in school we called 'a quick mass' takes 30 minutes.
5) While I'm not saying it's not possible, nor am I denying the innumerable instances of the break of the vows, HOLY COW! How many breaking of the vows of chastity can you reasonably fit into a single parish in a short novel with any level of believability?
It may be stupid stuff, but the frequency of flow-interruptions and the blatant inaccuracies really affected my reading experience. For the record, I did finish reading the book - I had to know how he was going to wrap it up, and I got the book for free thanks to a notification from BookBub, though I did pay for the first one. The covers are cool though...
Murders stack up and the cause and perpetrator remains illusive. Some intrigue too with a hunky police officer reluctant to try for a relationship with another handsome young villager. Dramatic and clever. .
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