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on March 31, 2012
When I ordered this book to review, I was not aware that it was the latest in a series of books, the Lake Loon Mystery series, all mysteries dealing with the residents of Lake Loon, a small town in Wisconsin. Perhaps if I had read the previous books and come to know the characters and environs better, my opinion of this book would be different. However, to a reader just picking up the book and expecting a good mystery, "Dead Tease" is a great disappointment.
First of all, the characters in this book are a mish-mash of strange and weird personalities: a crazy doctor, her evil mother, the odd police chief, her sometimes lover, an unbalanced wife, and at the center of it all, the main character--is it Jim or John?--a philandering Don Juan who is the CEO of a small clinic at Lake Loon. To have a good reading experience, the reader has to care about at least some of the characters, but these were too strange to elicit empathy.
Second, the plot is weak. The "dead tease" could be any one of them, not that the reader cares much who it is by the end of the book. A reader should be able to look back after the mystery is revealed and see how it unfolded, but this reveal is just confusing.
Finally, the number of grammatical errors in this book was distracting. I realize that the advance copies we get in the Vine Program are uncorrected proofs, and I expect to see some errors, but I have never seen so much that needs to be corrected--spelling, punctuation, usage, even names of characters. When a previously unmentioned name was introduced, I hunted through the book for who he was--to no avail. The book does not have to be grammatically perfect, but it should be able to be read without annoyance.
The only virtue of this book is its brevity. At 170 pages or so, at first I thought I had inadvertently ordered a children's book. The subject matter, however, is definitely adult. To repeat, maybe if you are a fan of this series, you will enjoy this book. But I strongly caution anyone who just picks up this book in search of a good, well-plotted mystery: You may be disappointed.