I somehow made it through Les Larmes du Cardinal suffering nothing worse than tedious boredom. And I even enjoyed myself a bit reading the sI give up.
I somehow made it through Les Larmes du Cardinal suffering nothing worse than tedious boredom. And I even enjoyed myself a bit reading the smutty and slightly offensive Sowrd & Blood (which was apparently written by the same author as this series?). But this innocuous little murder mystery is where I give up. I did not even make it through a fifth of this book before I could not take it anymore.
I binge-read the complete d'Artagnan romances this year, and having this book claim it takes place in the same universe as those did not make me happy: The characterisation for our Inseperables is just way-off! And the book does not even get basic details right like their hair & eye colours or where they live! Why then create an elaborate foreword to claim that these are exactly the characters from Dumas' d'Artagnan romances (oh, btw. the book constantly misspells d'Artagnan as well)? In addition the murder-mystery plot doesn't grip me at all. Even the first couple of descisions our heros take upon discovering the body are so outlandish and out-there, that I can't get into the plot at all. And on top of that the characters prefer to monologue to themselves, providing the reader with info-dumps, rather than act. This is simply bad style. ...more
Definitely not my favourite volume from this series. The mystery itself is quite well plotted, with a nice surprising solution at the ending. And onceDefinitely not my favourite volume from this series. The mystery itself is quite well plotted, with a nice surprising solution at the ending. And once again the writing turns out to be wonderfully detailed and enjoyable. But, on the other hand, the unlikeable characters and the gloomy atmosphere Campion encounters in the manor house tend to drag you down. They don't feel as lively and quirky as their counterparts in other books of the same series. The book, ununsually for a Campion Mystery, also has a few unfortunate cases of racial overtones & stereotyping going on, that may be attributed to the climate in which the book was written, but will make the modern reader feel uncomfortable. ...more