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More Holmes ripoff than original storyline
on May 28, 2012
Bored after her reputed death in a train wreck, Irene investigates two deaths connected by an elaborate tattoo on the chest of each victim.
Several elements combined to keep me from getting into this book. First, starting with a scene between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson provided a grim foreshadowing that this is going to be yet another Holmes pastiche, and I have yet to read a good one. (The first book in the series featured Holmes characters, obviously, but strongly focused on the author's own characters.) Second, there were too many coincidences even in just the first part of the story that I did read. An occasional coincidence can be forgiven if the story is otherwise logical and compelling; this wasn't. Finally, Irene herself is much less interesting in this book; she reminded me of nothing so much as a bored jet-setter, constantly looking for amusement. I liked the strong storyline of the first book in the series, but it was unfortunately lacking in this one.