... . Ho-hum. Another mystery novel masquerading at first as a popular novel. Mr. Mayor is capable of far, far better, I am sure. I almost slept my way through this novel. It's a slow starter with only sporadic action near the end. The charactors are so ordinary and preditable that I have trouble remembering them, and I only just finished the novel recently. Sad, so sad. The book is well-written as far as style and technique go, yet the whole thing comes off as a sleeper. I'm yawning, something I almost never do when reading or thinking of a recently read book. Some people read so they can get to sleep; I read and am wide awake, normally, in the absorption of the material.
Sleepy flags to Mr. Mayor. Try again?
"Yawnnnnnn." (Wake me up when it's over, will you please? I think I'm going to take a nice nap while I wait.)
Special thanks to Hachette Book Group for the chance to review Archer Mayor's latest Joe Gunther novel. For information on other books offered or about to be offered by HBGUSA, please visit their website.
-- The Fireside Reader