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But it quickly grew tedious. The author seems to have written a book and then realized it wasn't long enough so filled it in with pointless dialogue and unnecessary descriptions. For example: Antonia has blood on her hands after finding the curator and several hours later hasn't cleaned up. Lord Rockford suggests she wash up and she goes to the bathroom, but leaves the door open because she doesn't have to pee. Or does she? Oh, she might, so she returns to close the door and "pottied" then washed her hands. This is honestly a scene in the book. Do I need to know this? I wouldn't think so but apparently the author thought it was important. Much of the dialogue and descriptions are like this.
Then, the characters jump to ridiculous conclusions when trying to solve this mystery. It starts off with the detective suspecting Antonia of the murder right away although his reasoning was haphazard at best. If he was painted as a worthless detective then maybe I'd buy it, but he was supposed to be professional. All of the characters jump to ridiculous, ill-grounded conclusions, however, and I found myself thankful reality was not nearly as illogical.
Lastly, I think I could have suffered a poor mystery if there was a sizzling romance. There were two kisses and no chemistry between the characters. Their chemistry was meant to be portrayed in how many sitcoms they could quote to one another (no exaggeration) and it grew tiresome. Antonia grew more annoying as the book progressed. She was a know-it-all that always had to be right and whenever she ate, she ranted at Lord Rockford about saturated fats and how poorly he ate. It was unattractive and in no way endearing.
I gave this book two stars because I admit (quietly) I really wanted to know what happened. If the author did anything right she made me want to keep reading despite all the obvious flaws in her story. There were cliffhangers at nearly every chapter that propelled me forward. Even the ending was an unresolved cliffhanger! I would not recommend this book to anyone, but if you do read it, you'll probably want to finish it.
I really enjoyed the heroine. She is intelligent, not snobby, genteel, and - well, impulsive. That makes her so realistic. As smart as she is, though, she should have figured out the tracking device...which should also have been found when she was arrested - they should have searched her purse.
But the high point of the book? No, not when they catch the bad guy. Not when they find the treasure. Not even when she knees the jerk in the nuts....
The best part of the book is when she tells the guys why the jerk may have been a bit hobbled....by asking the guys what they would tell THEIR daughter to do to defend herself. (Which is exactly what my father said to do.)
And their response was the same as men everywhere. I could just see them kind of bending forward, arms somewhat inward, but attempting not to show how the information hits them. Because guys always do the same thing when faced with that thought.
And now I'll confess to assuming something (some of you may know what I mean by that) about her abilities. If she decides to write & publish it, the book is worth reading, period, the end. Add this among the triumphs!
However, what really drew me to read this novel, were the archives and research of the stately homes. I am a little biased, as I am studying to be an archivist, but the moments of research, handling of the documents, etc... are accurate (to my knowledge).
The suspense of the killer was greatly hidden. Each episode I kept changing my idea on who it was. For awhile, I did think it was Frederick. I loved Antonia's passion and determination to retrace her steps and use the research. Simon was sort of annoying. He did go to a few of his lectures, but my experience with professors is that they don't have that much time to be spending with one of their students. Although, he did throw a loop for me thinking he was the killer.
I have to say, despite my overall liking of the novel, I was disappointed on the ending. I felt the episodes had built and built the relationship between Frederick and Antonia to only find a massive drop off a cliff. I thought with all the time spent together, something more might have happened. It seemed as though the ending was rushed and not as developed at the other parts.