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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
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Aug 25, 2012

it was ok
Read in August, 2012

Slow. Very slow.

And when a book moves slowly, as this one did, it becomes even more important to have enjoyable protagonists -- and Kate Atkinson just didn't make that happen.

To be fair, I haven't read any of the previous novels that feature Jackson Brodie, so until I was told this was the fourth book with him as a private investigator, I wouldn't have thought he was the focus of the book. After all, there were several point-of-view characters, and as a first-time Atkinson reader, I would not have picked Brodie out as the lead, especially since he spends a lot of time complaining about his former wives, and having imaginary conversations with them.

Brodie, though, is more fun to hang around with than Tilly, an aging actress who's in full-on dementia, and various old, corrupt and unhappy police officers.

As for the plot, which is always key in mysteries, it's fine. There are some twists and turns that disguise the obvious, and there are some loose ends left over, but Atkinson just takes too long to get to the point, instead developing characters that really aren't worth developing.

"Started Early, Took the Dog" wasn't awful, by any means, but this very British mystery simply wasn't my cup of tea.

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S.A. Ninth Jackson Brodie book? More like the fourth and, sadly, the last.

Clay Kallam The review is now corrected. Thanks for the catch ...

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