This is not exactly going to be a review of “April Fool Dead” (HarperCollins, 2002) beacuse I never actually finished reading the book. I tried, I really did.
I chose this one because the title caught my eye (it happened to be around April 1st, of course) and this author’s series setting for the Death on Demand bookshop mysteries is the South Carolina LowCountry, which I love. And I do like a cozy once in a while. In fact, I am working on writing one myself someday. However, this book was way too cozy for me, if you get my drift.
The first chapter introduces a multitude of characters, all with their own story lines, so I was pretty much lost right there at the beginnning. But I made it through about 100 pages, even though nothing much had happened yet with any of these characters, so I put the book aside for a while. About a week later I picked it up again thinking, “There has to be some action coming at some point here,” and read about 60-some more pages. Still zero action and zero suspense that I could pick up on. The only mystery seemed to be who put out a bunch of bogus flyers, and I just couldn’t get interested in that.
Sure, eventually there was a murder, but nobody seemed particularly shocked or disturbed by it, and a few characters had somebody taking pot shots at them, but they didn’t seem very frightened at that either. I just couldn’t get emotionally nor intellectually involved, so I gave up.
Sorry, Ms. Hart, but no sale.
Congratulations to Randy Wayne White who has won second place in this year’s Florida Book Awards, Popular Fiction Category, for “Deep Shadow” which I recently reviewed on this blog. I enjoyed hearing him speak recently at our library and am certainly looking forward to reading more of his work.
Just started a new job last week, so my reading and blogging will be slowing down somewhat for now – gotta pay the bills once in a while!
However employment has not stopped me from adding to the huge pile of books waiting for me to read them: currently almost done with another Kathryn Wall, just ordered some Lisa Unger and a Carolyn Hart (haven’t read her before) from the library, and of course the pile in my closet must be growing moldy by now (a couple of old Sidney Sheldon, some Sandra Brown, a James Patterson, and assorted others are gathering dust there).
Unusual for me, I am returning a book to the library that I just cannot get through: “The Devil’s Banker” by Christopher Reich – too complicated, and no characters so far that I can even remotely relate to. A quarter of the way through, I simply don’t care what’s going to happen next. If anyone out there has read this one and thinks I’m making a mistake, let me know and I’ll try it again.
So I’ll be blogging when I can, in between reading and finding time to work on the outline for my first mystery novel, which is coming along great in my head, just not on paper yet! Wish me luck.