Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review: THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER

A few months ago, I read my first WISE Women mystery, a series of detective novels written by British author Cathy Ace, focusing on four British women (one Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, one English, hence WISE) that run a detective agency. The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer is the latest in the series. It's passable, I suppose, and more reality-based than usual in that the villain and ultimate resolution is identified rather early in the book. But unless one is steeped in British culture, and more specifically in Welsh culture, the book drags. The customs outlined are very strange, and there is a tendency for the characters to speak in long, long speeches that simply doesn't happen in real life. And Ace leads to learn how to stop telegraphing future installments in the narrative; it's painfully obvious and detracts from the story being told in the current volume.

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