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The Fig Eater by Jody Shields
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Nov 07, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: book-club
Recommended to Sarah by: Laura B.
Read from November 18 to December 02, 2010 — I own a copy

Oh boy...where to start with this one. First off, the teaser on the back flap clearly portrays this book as a thrilling murder mystery, "a page turning tale of murder, sleuthing, and sexual secrets". In actuality, it is a character study, focusing mostly on the inner workings of the Inspector and his wife, their backgrounds, their suspicions and superstitions. In fact, a massive portion of the book details how these two characters interact with each other, and this has no bearing that I can see on the murder that has been committed, or figuring out whodunit.

The reason I gave this book two stars instead of one is because as far as character studies go, this was fairly insightful and descriptive. However, as a murder mystery, it is one of the worst I have ever read, with entire chapters seeming to have nothing to do with the hunt for the killer or figuring out how, or why the crime was committed.

In another review of this book here on Goodreads, someone said something like 'It will leave you scratching your head, but also saying aha!". Well, ya got half of that right.
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