While the murder mystery itself was fairly well done, I found myself cringing at the relationship between Jed Parish and Mary Richards. While other reWhile the murder mystery itself was fairly well done, I found myself cringing at the relationship between Jed Parish and Mary Richards. While other reviewers have commented on the wonderful chemistry between them, it was actually one of things I disliked most about the book.
Even granting that Mary Richards was a young rookie and just starting out in her career as a law enforcement officer, her behaviour was abysmally immature and unrealistic. She acted more like a giddy young school girl than an adult in a serious adult profession. And, her constant “Sirr!” became quite annoying after a while. The so-called banter between her and the older Parish was no doubt meant to be humorous and lend some lightheartedness to an otherwise disturbing and gruesome series of murders. But, to me, anyway, it showed a groan-worthy level of immaturity on both their parts.
And, Parrish’s love life? Seriously? (view spoiler)[The incident with Carrie in which he agreed at his second meeting with her to be her secret love bunny just so she could seek revenge on her cheating husband had me rolling my eyes in disbelief. At least, he came to his senses shortly after and that ridiculous situation ended. And, the insta-love between him and Mary’s mother after meeting for the first time had my eyeballs nearly falling out of their sockets. This was another nail in the coffin of dislike for Mary, who knew Parrish for only a few days and was already playing matchmaker with him and her mother. Come on. Isn’t that just a little too unbelievable and unlikely? It was to me, anyway. (hide spoiler)]
The book contained some graphic sex and foul language (which I personally thought was a little overdone and unnecessary), but for the most part, it didn’t detract too much from the entertainment value of the story.
The pacing was a bit slow in places, but, all in all, this was a fairly decent psychological thriller. My enjoyment of it was dampened somewhat by the complaints outlined above, but other fans of the genre might not feel the same way. Would I read another book in the series? Never say never, I say, so it’s a possibility. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Normally, these are 4-star reviews for me. But, this one was a little…shall we say, weird? Particularly Jason’s behaviour throActual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Normally, these are 4-star reviews for me. But, this one was a little…shall we say, weird? Particularly Jason’s behaviour throughout most of the book. I really had to shake my head a few times and say, “What the heck? Why is he acting like that just because they are in Minnesota?” It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and made him look ridiculous and rather stupid at times. I didn’t much like the way he was portrayed. And, that thing with the muddy feet? Oh, boy, did that become rather silly and tedious after a while. Another thing, I do wish Lacy would develop a backbone and stand up more to her domineering mother and selfish sister. I cringe every time she meekly rolls over and allows them to constantly insult her and point out her supposed flaws.
I did enjoy most of the banter between the three friends and Lacy’s commendable loyalty to Michael. It was also interesting learning more about Michael’s troubled past. Lies, betrayals and deception from his so-called childhood friends with the juvenile names lent an air of tension and suspense to the story, and the mystery, while light and rather predictable, was pretty good for the most part.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series up to this point and, even though this one was a bit of a disappointment, I intend to continue on with the series as long as the author keeps coming up with new books. ...more
This was a light, pleasant cozy read with the main character being a male for a change. Most cozy mysteries seem to focus on young women who own someThis was a light, pleasant cozy read with the main character being a male for a change. Most cozy mysteries seem to focus on young women who own some sort of unusual shop or bookstore in a small town. This one had a young man, Harrison Black, who inherited his great aunt's candlemaking shop and a murder as well.
The candlemaking process sounded quite interesting and fun. The characters were likeable and slightly quirky, and, although the mystery was not particularly deep and complex, it was not overly predictable, either. As another reviewer mentioned, though, the book might have been better without the prologue so that the reader is left in suspense and has to solve the murder right along with Harrison.
All in all, this was an easy, enjoyable mystery and I will probably continue on with the series in the near future....more