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A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark Paperback – March 10, 2015
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Harry Connolly's debut novel, CHILD OF FIRE, was listed to Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Novels of 2009. This is his tenth book.
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The story itself was a little MarySue, but fun. Unfortunately however this is being specifically sold as a new angle on female characters and that is more disappointing than anything else, because even someone *actively trying* to do something different can't seem to see that its more of the same.
The story is told in third person omniscient, which is a tricky thing to do, and made me scratch my head at first, but there is a reason for this choice of perspective which is revealed during the narrative in a very clever way. I can't say much more without spoilers, but if you like Bob the Skull in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, you might get a kick out of Aunt Marley''s Scribe. I also liked that her nephew, who is brand new to the paranormal, wasn't trying to be portrayed as an instant badass, but allowed to develop realistically (and even freak out a little at first). He's obviously being groomed to step into her shoes eventually, but he doesn't really overshadow the story. He just opens doors (because...spoilers). So, all of this to say, loved Aunt Marley, and I hope she gets a sequel!
PS: the bridge troll who plays Angry Birds was pretty funny, too!
Rather than the standard web of supernaturals, we see how Marley has spent years shaping the local communities. The vampires she allows in her city have a ‘rest home’ they live in, with blood shipped in daily. The demon is around largely to observe, but he’s also a mean cook. The ghost exudes despair so deep that it mires all of his visitors. Events build slowly, just as they would in any good mystery, and I didn’t guess the killer in advance.
This book crosses a handful of genres or genre-niches. Urban fantasy without the snarky young protagonist; mystery that hovers somewhere between a cozy and a thriller, with elements of both. The bits from the not-quite-cozy aspect didn’t entirely appeal to me, but that’s because cozies aren’t my thing. I very much enjoyed the rest, however. This story probably isn’t for everyone, but if you aren’t sure where you’d fit on that line, I recommend giving it a read. I think you’ll find it highly entertaining and quite enjoyable!
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