- File Size: 3220 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jonmac Limited (May 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F19UKFY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Murder on the Village Green: A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery Kindle Edition
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I generally enjoy cozy mysteries, and English small village stories. From the description,
it should have been a fun book for me to read. I didn't quite finish it.
My complaints are thus; First, the story really isn't a mystery. By that I mean, there is no plotting, there are no clues, no red-herrings, no suspects. There is no way for the reader to try to deduce the answer. It is simply a story. That was disappointing. I can't imagine why this author thinks she has written a mystery (though, to be fair, I have seen other authors do similarly and I doubt they are aware that they too have not actually written a mystery.) Because I enjoy the plotting and clues and deduction aspect of reading mysteries, I was very disappointed there were none of those things in this story. For me, that alone is reason enough not to ready any others by this author.
Secondly, though the setting would suggest it is a cozy, the theme is far too gruesome for a true cozy. Even if that were my only objection, it would be reason enough for me to be leery of reading any other books by this author.
Thirdly, the author chose to write it in an awkward, 'third person present tense,' style of prose which I found completely unappealing. I've never seen another book written in this strange syntax. As an example, instead of saying something like this, "She walked across the room and picked up the jar. She stood there a moment, examining it." This author's style is to use this approach, "She walks across the room. She picks up the jar. She stands there examining it." I try not to be too curmudgeonly, but reading that odd style was so uncomfortable to me, so again, even if that were the only reason not to read any further stories by this author, this would be reason enough.
Lastly, and this isn't really a complaint as much as an observation, the story is exceedingly short. If it took you two hours to read, you would be reading at a leisurely pace. I have no problem with quick reads per se, but this is the type of thing just about anybody could write in a day or two. Maybe a week at a push. A good mystery story takes some effort, some actual plotting and planning, some outlining. I get the sense this is the type of story someone could just sit down and write from start to finish without a lot of effort or thought invested in making it a really interesting story/mystery for the reader.
On the plus side, there weren't too many grammatical and spelling mistakes.
If you don't object to any of the things I found disappointing (lack of actual mystery, bit of a gruesome theme, odd syntax) then you may very well love the story. Good reading to you.
There were a few inconsistencies that disturbed me. It seemed out of character for Diane to meekly go off with the murderer when she felt she was in danger. Also when she sent the picture to Inspector Crothers, why wasn't he immediately on his way to save her instead of waiting for someone else to call him.
This was a very deep and disturbing plot for a cozy mystery and it was pretty much just glossed over and barely touched. I actually appreciated that but feel some people may want it to be gone into more deeply. I don't like to read about blood and gore and don't like the high tension it causes for me.
I also got a chuckle when Miss Sotheby tried to give the murderer some redeeming qualities and tried to rehabilitate her. I personally would have rather seen her killed off.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one. I think these two main characters could evolve into quite an interesting team.
Diane's motto is "the truth will set you free", retired teacher, and still does yoga. Apple Mews, has a dead stranger, as though he was just sleeping.the autopsy showed more. Once again the Inspector, meets Diane and why she is at the scene, looking for evidence. What is the connection when a woman pretending to be an officer kidnaps Diane. A note with a demand, or she will be the next victim. I like Penelope writing, and a first to read this series. I thought the plot was good, and the characters and the scene of the little village was well define. Giving the reader, more of a feel of what was taking place, in this little village where one didn't lock doors. Looking forward to more in this series.
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