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Murder By The Book: A Marston Serial Murder Thriller (The Marston Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The book has twists and turns - which I love.
The plot is well developed, as well as the characters. I enjoyed reading about characters from the first book in the series, even if the books can be read as stand-alones.
The book is very well written and highly recommended. Can't wait for the next!
Good writing for the most part and an interesting read. I haven’t read book 1 yet, but looking forward to it.
The active characters are sufficiently developed to support the story line and just enough backstory is provided to keep them from falling into limbo. However, no information is provided about any of the victims. I was not able to generate emotional interest in either the main characters or the victims. There was simply no information for a reader to know anything about them or to put together pieces of the puzzle that would make them potential victims in the reader’s eyes…or for to allow them to satisfactorily deduce the identity of the murderer before the detective can do so. The one exception was Rose, whose backstory was, in the end, irrelevant.
The dialog seems contrived, strained and unnatural, more like reading a script than normal conversation. There is a difference between reading a story and being immersed in a story. I felt the dialog was being told to me, never that I was participating in it so I never felt the character’s emotions; I just read descriptions of them.
I try not to be overly critical of writing style but Murder by the Book approaches the story in a unidirectional manner just as though the detective’s, or an outside person’s, perspective is the only perspective that counts giving the reader a one-sided view and denying a sense of competition between the murderer and the detectives. Rabbit trails arise suggesting alternative solutions to the mystery none of which are followed to their logical conclusions.
Nevertheless, I found myself interested in the story and wondering when the next shoe would drop. Because the overall story plot was generally familiar, I had little trouble guessing what would happen next. Despite that, the book was enjoyable.
Based on the strength of the story’s potential, folks who enjoy mysteries, especially cozy mysteries, should enjoy Murder by the Book.