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This started with potential and dropped like a bomb. The reviews were divided, so I thought to give it a try. It had a good start.
Ben is a widower his first night in his wife’s hometown. Penny, his wife, was from Birdswing where, as the cliché says, everyone knows everyone's name. Birdswing is, the on the Cornwall coast in pre-WWII England.
Ben, is moody; he can’t walk, he is stuck in a dark second-floor bedroom, and he feels more grateful than guilty about his wife’s death. He and Penny got married quickly and did not know each other. This trip to her hometown was an opportunity for them to reconnect. Ben was ready to divorce, but the shame made the act less desirable.
His services were needed, and he is taken to the town’s wealthy matriarch. This seems to be a good opportunity. There is no doctor between this town and the neighboring one. He is a male over 16 and under 65 and a doctor. They even set him up in a house/office, staff, and equipment. The equipment was antiquated, but it just demonstrated the effort the town went through.
With all the warm welcome, yet someone killed his wife and no one wants to speak ill of the dead.
This gets him motivated to solve his wife’s murder. The town is rich with quirky and charming characters which make it entertaining to read. The story is set in WWII. After each introduction, there was the question of did they do it. With 4 hours left in the book, the plot drops and things start to drag. I was disappointed. I should have gone with the other reviews. Oh well.
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I had mixed feelings while listening to this book. The plot was interesting but not complex. I had the who and why figured out long before the end. Lady Juliet is fun, if a bit obsessive about her looks and personality. She is an individual with a distinct persona. Dr. Bones, our supposed hero, on the other hand, is bland and one-dimensional. His lack of interest in his wife's death is odd. He never asks about the funeral or how her family reacted. Even the secondary characters are more interesting. I don't think the author was able to get in touch with her "male" side and Bones suffers for it. Of course the narrator's laconic, at time dismissive, reading of Bones doesn't help. I doubt I will revisit the series.
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