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Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
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Feb 12, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: mystery
Read in February, 2011

I could complain about the two-dimensional characters, the pre-Flood gender roles. I could complain about the lack of subtlety or any sense of reality and a plot whose contours could be guessed at by a blind deaf-mute from 300 miles away. But what really offended me? The constant assertion that perfectly normal words and phrases were somehow, SOMEHOW distinctly Southern. The word "dab" for example. I'm sorry but you cannot declare regional ownership of a word used in Shakespeare. Monks were probably illuminating the word "dab" in manuscripts in the Dark Ages. Do you see what I'm saying? It's not regional color; it's just your own illiteracy.
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