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A Pale Horse by Charles Todd
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May 23, 2011

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I'd give this 3.5 stars if I had the option. It isn't really a four, when compared to previous books in this series, but it is still 'above average', to use a Lake Woebegone cliche. The plot seemed to be composed of disparate parts rather than organically growing from a single root, as most of the previous plots have been. Still and interesting gathering of characters and the period flavor as authentic in feel as it has been in other books of the series, but I didn't feel that our understanding of recurring characters has changed or deepened much in this outing. Interesting that opposition to a long overdue promotion of our main character comes, not from his unfailingly jealous and mean-spirited superior at the Yard, but from someone in the post-WWI equivalent of MI6.

Oh, just as an aside, one of the most fascinating 'characters' was the prehistoric Uffington chalk horse and nearby Wayland Smithy, a Neolithic barrow, which haunt the landscape.

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