Nice, short, typical Sherlock Holmes tale. A good listening version available on LibreVox.
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This is a splendid and reasonably complex mystery. There are quite a few flashbacks, which kept me on my 'feet'. The tale is peopled by flawed, imperfect people who care deeply for competing causes and allegiances. If you are new to Armand Gamache, this should NOT be your first encounter.
This is another entertaining Covid 'time period' novel. It is about an interesting parallel universe; a tale designed to help both the author and reader find a semblance of normalcy after years of pandemic. By the way, this is a good story as well.
I truly enjoyed this novel. I was initially a bit taken aback by the Covid references and inclusion, but ended finding the rationale for its involvement reasonable, cogent, and appropriate. The characters in this tale are people I'd like to meet. I admire the world view expressed by the author as well as the overall story, plot and mystery.
This is an enjoyable read. Good characters, curiously interesting series premise. I'm skeptical about the 'accuracy' of the series historical context, but perhaps that's part of the 'fun'. As an aside I appreciate that the LGBTQ component(s) of the tale actually treats those characters as flawed as everyone else.
I'm having what seems to be a run of bad to mediocre books. This one hits the mediocre level. The depth of thought, complexity characters, scope of scene and plot line are truly just 'meh'. I know this is a YA book, but when I think of books by CS Lewis, Tolkien and others the bar is pretty high for 4 and 5 stars. This one is 'just' okay.