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Book Title: Murder on the Eightfold Path|
The author of the book: Diana Killian
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.29 MB
ISBN 13: 9780425233917
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime
Date of issue: April 6th 2010
Read full description of the books:What could a pathological TV sleuth's greatest wish be? Why one upping the real life police, of course. Surely, a pesky little murder accusation isn't going to stop her. On the contrary, what else could be better enticement?
In other words, Easy Mason's Easter holiday starts out with a metaphorical bang and a rather literal dead body; her handsome young blackmailer's dead body, that is. With motive and opportunity, what's our favorite detective to do? With motive, opportunity and a crippling back injury what's our heroine to do?
My main problem with this 3rd book in the series, was my lack of investment in the characters' relationship. Tension like this works great when I care about the characters... which I didn't really. It felt like I could have ended up caring a lot for them, if only the author had focused a bit more on fleshing out their relationship.
1) Elysia's coy attitute towards her late blackmailer was just mind-boggling.
“You’re being blackmailed?”
“Don’t preen, Mother. It’s not something to be proud of.”
“Why was he blackmailing you?” She had a sudden uneasy vision of her esteemed parent thrusting antiquities down her blouse while browsing historic sites.
“Oh, you know. The usual reasons.” Elysia cast a slightly discomfited peek at Mr. Meagher who looked atypically blank-faced.
A.J. looked from one to the other of them. “Well, I mean . . .” This was unexpectedly awkward. “Was he threatening to expose you?”
“Yes.” Elysia suddenly tittered. “So amusing.”
“Why’d you pay this villain?” Mr. Meagher cut in. “Why didn’t you come to me?”
“Why? But you’d have put a stop to it.” Elysia clearly thought this was too obvious to need spelling out. “I was enjoying myself.”
2) A.J.'s crippling back injury came out of nowhere, and served no other purpose than shameless yoga promotion. I'm probably at fault here, because I was trying to focus more on the mystery, only to get side-tracked by A.J.'s numerous therapeutic yoga exercises.
3) Jake was just - UGH! There aren't enough words in the dictionary to express my frustration... without spoiling the other half of the plot.
In the end, the book's main saving grace was probably the lengthy pause I took from it, first to concentrate on getting properly exhausted at work, and next to cough up my lungs. I suppose after 7 days of no sleep, a constantly sore throat, and overall exhaustion I needed something light and funny enough to make up for my suffering.
Score: 2.6 / 5 stars
I was initially contemplating giving it only 2 stars, but then I decided that the writing style deserved a little more. So it gets a 3, but only just barely.
As for continuing the series, I guess I'll do that one of these days... if only because there is just one single book left.
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Review of book 2: Dial Om for Murder
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