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There was sufficient character development and descriptive narrative that I could put myself in the scene, and remember who the characters were from chapter to chapter. The characters and how they relate to one another is important to my enjoyment of any novel. That stable core of characters around which the mystery swirls is the foundation of every good series. In the first book, I found myself wondering why the newlywed main characters had bothered to marry, they had so little in common except a few (implied, not explicit, thank goodness) flashes of passion. I found it sad that Ellie has no apparent personal religious faith, but marries a man for whom it is not only a vocation, but a deeply held personal belief. In the second book, both their relationship and her attitude toward faith, seem to warm and become a bit more affectionate.
I'm not one of those who is particularly bothered by figuring out 'who dunnit' before the end of the book. Part of the story is watching the revelation unfold to the main character, whether I have figured it out or not. In both books, while I did not work out all the particulars, I did pick up on a few elements of the mystery before the main character did. These books do borrow from some of the best ideas of other writers in the genre, but then they all borrow from each other. The first book was good, the second, better. I hope this becomes a long and successful series, and I look forward to the next one.
I like the ("gore-less") cozy genre and "What Child is This?" is an especially great story to read in the Christmas season, but it is still a true murder mystery, with threats and risk and people willing to do others harm, so it isn't a "mushy" story at all.
I especially am pleased with the way this second story gives us a few personal details of Ellie Kent's back story, and also more of stepdaughter Isabel. These bits help to flesh the two of them out - and their relationship - just enough to make this important relationship get more satisfying, without removing room for mystery in future episodes.
I'm really pleased with these first two books in the series, and very hopeful new episodes come as fast as Ms. Boatwright can type!
If you like cozy mysteries, you'll like it - but do read the first in the series - "Under An English Heaven" - first!
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