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The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton
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really liked it

The second installment of the Detective Lavender series was actually a less interesting mystery but a better book than the first. The first mystery had a bit more MYSTERY to it, but this one was better written and a lot more in depth into the characters. Though I saw every twist and turn coming in THE SANS PEREIL MYSTERY, I actually cared about the characters more this time.

Unlike the first book, Lavender was more accessible and more easy to relate to as a real character. In this story, I found myself actually caring what happened to him. His personal struggles were heartfelt and I actually cared about Magdalena and his relationship with her. In the first book, I remember mostly only caring about Woodes and the side characters, but this time, I really cared about Lavender, Woodes, Magdelana, and even Teresa and Betsy. I feel like the author really found her groove in writing characters as people not as plot pieces for this novel, and it was a far better attempt than the first.

The mystery is interesting enough. All of the twists and turns are very clearly telegraphed along the way, so it isn't an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but it's still worth reading. I was never bored, which is reasonable enough.

I would definitely recommend this one to others who like an easy read in historical fiction.

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Reading Progress

January 9, 2017 – Started Reading
January 9, 2017 – Shelved
January 9, 2017 –
page 25
January 11, 2017 –
page 151
January 11, 2017 –
page 196
January 13, 2017 –
page 211
January 16, 2017 –
page 225
January 17, 2017 –
page 318
January 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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