It took me a while to get into this book. Unfortunately, I feel like there are just some cultural elements that get lost in translation (not literallyIt took me a while to get into this book. Unfortunately, I feel like there are just some cultural elements that get lost in translation (not literally the fault of the translator, of course, although there were places where I suspected that the translation was a bit odd). Once I finally got into the mindset of 1890s Paris, it went fairly quickly.
I tend to shy away from mysteries because they often introduce far too many characters (to have as many red herrings as possible!) and I lose track of them all and generally don't really care anymore by the time I get to the big reveal. There were a lot of characters in this book, but I didn't find them excessive or difficult to keep track of.
The big reveal and explanation in this book was very strangely done. It definitely took me out of the story.
I won't be reading another book in this series. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likable. They were all pretty flat (another common problem in mysteries) and I didn't particularly care about what happened to them (although I was curious to figure out who the culprit was). I'm not really interested enough in them to read another book to see what else they get into....more