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Weycombe by G.M. Malliet
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it was ok
bookshelves: england, mystery-crime

Jillian White is bored. When she and her aristocratic husband married and moved to a posh enclave in the village of Weycombe, she thought her life was perfect. Then she lost her job producing a crime series with the BBC, and with time hanging heavy on her hands, she realizes that, as an American, she doesn't quite fit in. So when her near neighbor Anna is murdered, Jill decides that investigating this crime on her own will liven things up for her, distracting her from her loneliness and from dwelling on  the failing health of her marriage. 

The mystery is recounted in first person by Jill, and it isn't until about halfway through the book that it becomes clear that she's an unreliable narrator. Shallow and self-centered, she has difficulty empathizing with others, operating from a false  sense of superiority and keeping everyone at arm's length.  The story has its interesting segments, broken too often by rambling soliloquies about Jill's innermost thoughts. Something about the brittleness of  her shell is distinctly off-putting. Given the meandering nature of the bulk of this book, the ending seems rushed and abrupt, but it did contain surprises, and Jill does attain her goals at  last.
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Reading Progress

April 16, 2018 – Started Reading
April 16, 2018 – Shelved
April 27, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: england
April 30, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery-crime

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