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a good for a sandy beach
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2016
This series, A Hangman's Daughter, is entertaining. I'm not sure I would recommend this book as a one-off. The central characters were well developed in the first book and have evolved ever so slightly with each new publication. This particular book lacked a bit of character description that, if you hadn't read any of the previous works, would have made the character seem a little hollow. The first, A Hangman's Daughter, is a quick read and sets out the characters, history and context nicely. If you're new to the series, perhaps do a quick read on that one first.
Besides that, this was enjoyable, if not one of the more interesting of the series. The premise is virtually the same as previous stories as the hangman is once again a somewhat unwilling protagonist, stumbling into another mystery of murder and secrecy. There are new and newish characters who play pivotal roles this time but even while I was sipping lukewarm beer on a Greek beach I couldn't help but feel they could use a little more development.
It's good holiday, train, and travel fodder. It kept my interest without being a page-turner, which can be nice on a beach if you want to stop reading occasionally and admire beautiful people in beautiful bikinis until your wife notices. Then you pick the book back up and enjoy it without missing a beat.