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Slow, boring and predictable. A lot of things in this story happen for no reason at all and the turning points of the "mystery" are underwhelming and presented in a clunky, repetitive manner. There is a lot of long, opinion-laden exposition that is very tedious to get through. The whole set-up is very cartoonish and when the eventual truth is revealed you can't help thinking that there had to have been about a million easier and more effective ways for the person in question to achieve the desired result, all of which would have rendered this entire book and the Queens involvement completely unnecessary. The end of the book actually proves this conclusively, just in case there was any doubt as to how unnecessary it all was.
I like old mystery stories and am generally willing to overlook outdated views, stereotypes, and storytelling modes, but the overall story itself has to compensate and feel worth the effort, and in this case it unfortunately just didn't. This would have made a great 30 minute old time radio drama, or even an hour long special, but 8 hrs and 43 minutes was at least 7 hours too long for me.
Wonder book. Exceptional story with a plot that will keep you hanging. I would definitely recommend it.