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The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
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Jun 04, 09

Read in June, 2009

This book could have been a lot of fun, if Peters had only put in a little effort. It's trying to be the Northanger Abbey of Female Gothic novels (like those of Mary Stewart), but it's just not trying very hard.

The plot is fine for a book of this type, except for a long section in the middle where the story doesn't progress even a little, but the book has nothing to offer except plot and an occasional humorous moment (the scenes on the bus and with the sun-worshipers were gems). The heroine, Jess, complains about the insipidity of the usual Gothic suspense heroines, but at least those women generally have a career, some emotional baggage, and one or two subjects they can talk about. There is nothing here about Jess, and not a single line of dialogue, that doesn't relate directly to the action at hand. If Peters didn't want to bother with characterization she could at least have made a joke of the fact, but instead the book tries to sneer at a genre it's in fact participating in--and weakly.
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