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To Play the Fool by Laurie R. King
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May 02, 2012

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bookshelves: feminist-studies, borrowed
Read from May 02 to 10, 2012

I don't tend to enjoy supermarket murder mysteries, but several things endeared me to this one, almost immediately.

1. Tortured-soul, lesbian cop. Enough said.
2. Set in my Bay Area, so I could picture everything that happened.
3. Literary allusions sprinkled through the entire thing made me want to re-read, so I could savor what I didn't know before the case was tied up.
4. Historical religious movements centered around St. Francis of Assisi, and the idea of being ridiculous as divine.

That said, some things I didn't agree with, and seem to be required for supermarket mysteries:

1. Deus ex machinas
2. Red Herrings (I always picture that cartoon with the Scooby gang as kids and Fred's nemesis- RED HERRING! when I say that phrase...
3. The characters were loveable, if not a wee bit two-dimensional.

Over all, this was a quick read which I enjoyed walking home with.

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