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Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
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Aug 17, 11

bookshelves: crime-thriller-mystery
Read from August 07 to 16, 2011

I was disappointed and surprised by this book. Surprised because it is written by such an accomplished author who has a wealth of awards for her writing and is well known for her elegant prose, intricate plots and insights into the human mind - particularly when it comes to the socially isolated and disadvantaged. Disappointed because I found Tigerlily's Orchids somewhat lacklustre and I hate to say this, a bit boring. Apart from a handful of characters, notably Olwen, I found it hard to picture the numerous protagonists in my mind's eye. And the plot itself was rather slow and predictable - even for me who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer at the best of times! Sorry Baroness Rendell of Babergh whom I also admire for her generosity of spirit, political views and philanthropy, but on this occasion though you surprised me, it was not for the anticipated reasons.
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