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French Rhapsody (translated by Emily Boyce) is the third book I've read by Antoine Laurain. I loved The President's Hat and enjoyed The Red Notebook.
I thought I was going to love this one as well, but alas, not so. It started out so well, but around half way I felt like I was plodding through it. The premise is excellent and I enjoyed much of the first half of the book, but then...I started skimming certain sections (too much about Lapelle and the Bubble and Vaughn). I was still interested in JBM, but the other characters--not so much.
Satire. Oct. 11, 2016. Print length: 232 pages.
As usual, Cleeves makes great use of secondary characters. This ability to bring the secondary characters to life is what, for me at least, separates Cleeves' novels from many others in the same genre.
A community of retirees, all with secrets, provide Vera with the opportunity to satisfy both her own innate curiosity and to unravel the circumstances behind the two related murders. Vera, unlike Joe and Holly, loves to observe people, to indulge her inquisitive nature; her ability to sit down and talk to people on a personal level often yields just the information she needs to put the puzzle together.
Vera, unattractive and overweight, is a fascinating character who makes nosiness an art form. I thought there were too many disagreeable descriptions of Vera in this installment, but otherwise, another fine addition to the series.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Police Procedural. Oct. 4, 2016. Print length: 400 pages.
I'm still having great fun with my snail mail. Have been creating some autumn/Halloween envelopes and making a huge mess in my studio. October will see quite a few Halloween letters and postcards going out. And each day, I look forward to seeing what might be in my mailbox!