Review: Reading List by Sirius
A famous mystery author is killed when she comes to participate in a literary festival in the village and, once again, Jonathon and Mike decide to help police investigate. Once again we hear some teasing about murders in the village starting to happen only after Mike and Jonathon got together a la some British TV series, but I would rather this be addressed than not, so I did not mind. I really think this author does a nice job making amateur sleuths feel believable and in this book once again to me it felt organic and believable that this duo were main detectives so to speak. They are just talking to people, you know :). I thought the suspects were lined up nicely and they went through investigating several potential suspects and their motives. I did think the killer was way too obvious in this one. I got this person almost right after they showed up, or at least very soon afterwards. Of course I did not know the motive, but this person was just always there, too much in the reader’s face. Not masked enough I guess?
Years passed and I saw this book on sale. It was a young adult and it was with Tor, so I was curious and bought it. I have to say, this ended up being my favorite book of his so far. Linus bored me in the beginning of the book, but once he is given his assignment and goes to the island and meets kids and Arthur, things become much better. I thought the kids were absolutely adorable and funny in a way that worked for me. Especially six year old Antichrist named Lucy.
Note, the book is young adult , or maybe even middle grade. (I did not check the publisher classification, I am just saying this is how it felt for me.) There is no explicit romance but what we have was very lovely. There are plenty of great messages in the story about acceptance of the differences which kids and adults always need to hear.
And I don’t know if the author’s writing changed so much or if that’s what good editing can do, but it worked so much better for me than what I have read before.
What left me not very satisfied was that this was characterization LITE too in my opinion. I was charmed when I was reading it, but when I finished it I did not feel like I knew main characters very well besides a very few things about them, if that makes sense.
I think the worst part was not even a discussion, but the fact that while after the fact continued conversation was very real, it was also kind of silly because the intrigue was lost. You are having these babies guys, and Simon ‘s struggle has an answer already, it will be fine. I am not explaining myself well. I actually read it pretty fast, and I thought the health scare was done very well – also an important topic, also everybody stressed, but that did not go into overdrive for me as the children topic went even if it blended together eventually.