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- Print Length: 323 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480051608
- Publication Date: August 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008UZ1E2A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Rhyme's Library: A cozy Rose Arbor mystery (Rose Arbor series Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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First the positives. The setting is interesting as is the premise of the book. The characters are fairly well drawn though the book does follow a common trope. Heroines boyfriend has left her and is supposedly getting married. Knight in shining armor appears in first few pages of the book.
The negatives the main mystery is very tenuous and the author struggles with the addition of additional sub plots. Some of which are tied up in the end but many are not. So be warned there are a lot of things that go on in the book that are not resolved. Though some would argue they are resolved by default and you can assume the murderer did it. She never explains the accident that much of the book is built on and one of the sub plots is so highly unlikely as to really damage the credibility of the book. I don't normally include spoilers but here one is. She builds the book around a crash that kills the heroine's grandparents but the heroine is thrown clear of the car survives and is raised by an aunt. Here is the really tenuous part. The police know who hit the car earlier in the book but we are let to believe that the murderer really cause the accident later in the book. The grandparents had locked their wayward daughter in the basement before going on this drive (heroines teenage mother) and as they didn't return the daughter died in the basement. The part that makes this highly unlikely is that early in the book she describes the basement with casement windows and full of all sorts of stuff. How much would it take this young girl to break a window and climb out or pick up something in the basement and knock the door knob off. She wasn't tied up she wasn't injured and she stayed their for days until she died. Get this, the neighbors thought her screaming was a ghost. Every one in town thinks the teenage mother ran away and joined a commune thus the heroine had to raised by the aunt. The murder removed the mothers body she died and later collected her inheritance strengthening the towns belief the mother ran away. While I am in spoiler mode the murder was also the heroines piano teacher. The first murders took place when the heroine was one. Ok I am done with the spoilers and apologize but in this case just couldn't help myself.
On the subject of ghosts toward the end she is visited by the ghost of her grandfather and his beagle. Additionally she is told by the ghost of her aunt who the aunts boyfriend had been prior to the earlier murders. This wrinkle seemed to just come out of the blue toward the end of the book when apparently she couldn't figure out any other way to introduce some needed information to solve the mystery.
She apparently has three in this series. I haven't tried the other two and probably won't. I think she has promise but for me this book falls short.
The mechanics of the writing screamed for an editor. There were misspellings, added or missing words in a sentence, the wrong word used, etc. Examples include: "A moon", "Alec shifted in his sleep and muttered something incompressible", "Alec pulled into the Andrea's driveway...", "Fine, if you think you have to searching for your insane aunt through a cow pasture, go ahead.", "his yellow eyes and sharp, barred teeth", "gristly thoughts", "He...had his corduroys tucked into a pair of leather boats.", "She starred up at him...", and the most important sentence with missing words, "Blair, someone told me," she gulped noisily, "that Charlotte out at the Clifton's pastures."
It's a clean romance, mainly because there isn't much of one.
The characters each have their own quirks and the twists and turns to the storyline keep it interesting to the end. I like characters who have personality - and these really do. The reader is kept wondering about the motives behind many of the residents of the peaceful Rose Arbor... for such a quiet little town there is a lot going on, and isn't that just like a small town, so many noses in so much business?
The history of Crazy Aunt Charlotte gives everyone lots to think about, the vulnerability of Blair keeps you keen and the intricacies of the neighbourhood give you laughs, creepy moments galore, and a couple of frights. The emotional pulls from the likes of Drake and Alec are well written and well, quite hilarious at times. I liked that Blair was unsure of Alec... it would have been mushy to swoon into his arms since she was rather busy with murder and mayhem.
Of course Poor Blair's emotions got a bit of a workout, but from all the right causes. It's not as though she's a soppy girl - I thought it quite brave of her to go into the basement in the first place, and resourceful to climb onto the roof to save the kitten (good suspense), and to talk to herself about her fears seemed a very human thing to do :) ... I could imagine me doing that.
I like the word definition at the beginning of each chapter... sometimes it gave a hint about what was in store, and other times I wondered how would that word be incorporated into the story!
A very enjoyable novel.
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