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This can be awkward at times, as you might imagine. In fact, when we first meet her, she's escaping a failed relationship where her chameleon-ing messed things up by agreeing to suddenly take off for this small island and house sit a gazillion-dollar estate for a former hairdresser client.
I wanted to like this one more than i did. The biggest issue for me is that although all the hallmarks/trappings of a "curl up on a comfy chair on a rainy day and experience a small town with eccentric characters while solving a murder' were there, this read like the first 2/3's of that kind of book, with absolutely nada resolved at the end.
Except for the local police finally seeming to believe Cam that her neighbor shot someone, and that all the weird zuchinnis and notes and catfood being left on her doorstep is cause for alarm.
Cam, despite being heartbroken and wanting her ex to come hug her whenever things get spooky, views every single guy she meets with eyes that gauge attractiveness and constantly tells herself "no, you're heartbroken why are you even noticing, you just want to be friends." Even about the policeman.
So my biggest problem isn't really the characters, or the setting, or the mystery. All of those things are fun and engaging, its just that this doesn't actually follow the rules of a cozy mystery, and all of my questions and suspicions about the residents of Orcas Island (and there are many) are left completely unanswered. Until the next book. Which, despite my griping, I may have to go get just to find out what happens next to Cam, and who murdered the prior caretaker, and what exactly is going on?
On top of all this, it turns out Camille has a special special talent: she can disappear. For quite some time I assumed that this was metaphorical: when things get stressful Camille gets quiet and unobtrusive. Oh no. Turns out she literally disappears. I thought that was odd and out of place in what was generally meant to be an atmospheric mystery.
That said, the atmosphere in the book is well done. The author captures the environment and remoteness of Orcas Island well. The fog, the damp, and the forests are vivid. I enjoyed the mystery build-up, but this mystery is not properly resolved. While we do find out who the bad guy is, there are still huge holes left in the mystery. I hate that. Apparently this is the first of a trilogy. I would read the next one to see what gets resolved. I'll see how I can deal with the disappearing act. I'm not so fond of that.
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