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I grew tired of Barry's moping
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
SPOILER ALERT: It was not surprising at all to see Patricia end things with Barry. He's nuts if he really thought she'd give up her goals and dreams to move to Ballybucklebo and raise babies. I, for one, am glad she stayed true to her goals.
And I definitely did not like the way Barry's loss (the loss of a relationship) was continually equated to other people's losses (the actual loss of a person to death). Barry's moping grew very tiresome very quickly.
Also, Patrick Taylor seemed so busy trying to stuff in as many Irish words and lingo as possible that he loses focus of the story at times. And one pet peeve popped up again. I find it ironic, not to mention hypocritical, that Kinky is always chastising Dr. O'Reilly about his diet and weight when she's the one sporting three chins.
This particular entry into the series definitely seemed weaker than previous books, mainly because of Barry's moping. I do, however, like the character of Sue Nolan. I thought she was better suited for Barry in the last book and the same holds true in this one.