Abandoned because this literary cliche is really starting to irk me. Another member of the Dan Brown School of Lazy History Mysteries, "Interred WithAbandoned because this literary cliche is really starting to irk me. Another member of the Dan Brown School of Lazy History Mysteries, "Interred With Their Bones" is irritating from the beginning. Let's follow the formula, shall we?
1a. Main Character: Literary expert in their field, especially on a specific cult author or text. Text tends to be European. In the case of Graham Moore's eyeroll-worthy book "The Sherlockian," it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case, MC Kate Stanley is an expert on Shakespeare who constantly bitches about leaving academia.
1b. Stop whining about academia, white girl. MC is almost always an insufferably over-educated, spineless, and awkward white person. Might be a Stereotypical Librarian, or is assisted by a Stereotypical Librarian Sidekick. As a librarian, I find this insulting.
2. Plot: Tends to be centered on some apocrypha around said cult author or text. In "The DaVinci Code," it was the Bible. In this case, it's a lost Shakespeare play. Apocrypha in question would BLOW THE WHOLE LITERARY WORLD OPEN IF ANYONE FOUND OUT, WHICH IS WHY MURDER HAPPENS. Honestly? I don't think the world would stop turning if we found another Shakespeare play. I think we'd be excited, but libraries wouldn't crumble to the ground in horror.
3. Freshman-Level knowledge on the actual topic. Many of the authors tend to be geeks gleefully playing with sacred texts, so the history part tends to be really masturbatory. So many assholes walk away from history mysteries thinking themselves experts on the topic. At least Jennifer Carrell is a Shakespeare professor, but honestly? It's fiction. Lazy fiction, riddled with cheesy references to the topic. Rosalind Howard "becomes" Hamlet's father in the way she's murdered? "Did you get the reference, Clever Reader??" There's enough cheese in this to cause a heart attack.
4. Someone deliberately leads the MC on a ridiculous chase. They usually get murdered first, handing the mystery off to our Genius White Academic. MC's life is in danger if they reveal a centuries-old secret that some cult personality has been protecting.
5. Police tend to be completely idiotic or absent. Because clearly, the Academic with all their knowledge doesn't need the experts in detective work! In the beginning, Kate points the police towards murder, and she just waltzes out of Heathrow back to Harvard? Seriously, as if Scotland Yard isn't making sure she's in protective custody!? Try making this believable.
Horrible Payoff: Secret tends to be incredibly lame. This one got spoiled for me by the internet because I wouldn't read on, but I honestly don't think it was something I wanted to be disappointed by.
I can give this 3 stars because there is nothing to complain about in regards to the story. It's King Lear, the most emotionally devastating ShakespeaI can give this 3 stars because there is nothing to complain about in regards to the story. It's King Lear, the most emotionally devastating Shakespeare play, and possible one of the most devastating stories ever.
That said, I don't see why the illustrations in this story were so cheerful. Like, the illustrations of a children's book, not a YA retelling. I would see a lot of dark earthy colors, or a blood red kind of palette. They weren't bad. They just didn't fit. ...more