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NEW SERIES. NOT as riveting as her others, but an okay read if you like Other Connolly titles
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 27, 2018
I have to admit, a bit disappointed. I love Sheila Connolly's Cork mysteries, as well as the Museum mysteries, and like the Orchard Series as well. But as I read every one, now that they are in hardcover, I sort of expect more for my my three times the price of the paperbacks! I believe it was a mistake to do this, and I think readers will lose as well because when many drop out due to cost, there may not be more titles. But back to this title. AS a new series there is a lot of back ground. The problem is, almost too much, and to be honest SOUNDS a lot like the back ground on two of her other series. Like many other series titles, I fear Connolly is getting a 'formula' that works for some readers, but maybe not those of us who read a LOT of varied mysteries. As a cozy, it is that. NOT too VIOLENT or Sexually explicit (a good thing for me). But, the plots are getting weaker. HAS she created too many now? Maybe a bit more time on the established ones? I have noticed this with two others in the Cork series (and there aren't a lot of those, yet), that it seems like she rushed to get it out while making working on other series at the same time. I miss the dense description and back stories in Cork with MIKE/Maura and the garda friend (Sean?)...ditto at least one other of the Orchards. Haven't seen this with the Museum series (but is this her favorite and she gives it more time?). So you decide. I think I might skip this series if the next one isn't more satisfying. But in all fairness, a first in a series is often detail loaded and not plotted the same way, so I will try another.