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India Black by Carol K. Carr
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Mar 03, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery-thriller
Read in March, 2011

Oh me oh my--I sooo wanted to like this book. It sounded just my thing. Alas, it did not work for me. Maybe I had on my grouchy pants when I was reading it, I don't know....
My biggest complaint was that the author was trying too hard.
The idea was really clever, if not too original. The story is told in the first person by our main character, the madam of a Victorian era London brothel that caters to a 'good' segment of society (minor nobility, government officials, military officers, etc).
Alas, one of those government officials kicks the bucket in her establishment. And to make matters worse, he was carrying Important Government Documents, which have gone missing and may be in the hands of the Russians (which would be very bad).
The rest of the book is a chase--try to find and recover the documents, etc, etc.
I think Carr was trying for something like Fraser's Flashman books--wild romps, with a lot of action and smart remarks. But it didn't work for me.
Judging by other reviews, I am in the minority. But that's the way it works sometimes....
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Regan No, it wasn't your grouchy pants. I am about 2/3 through it and find nothing likeable about India. It was billed as a fast paced adventure but for me it's like most 1st person books -- like listening to a neighbor talk about their vacation to someplace dull. The asides, those comments in parentheses pull me out of the story every time one is there. In the beginning there were a couple and they were okay, but all of a sudden they are on almost every page -- almost like she's trying to move to 3rd person and not quite doing it.


Lloyds0713gmail.com Completely agree......also the book was cluttered with parenthetical comments that hindered the reading flow.


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Patricia It's definitely not you. This was one of those books I wanted to like, but ended up wondering if I got a different version than all of the 4-star readers.


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