Another book that was a part of 3 books in 3 weeks. Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood.
I think I enjoyed this better than Rosewater and Soda Bread. It was only a 3 day read rather than the full week plus a little bit extra time I needed for Rosewater and Soda Bread and I think it had something to do with the fact that it was the first book I had read in a while where I had a deadline to read it by. It reminded me of school, so I’m not sure if I can truly appreciate the book for what it could be worth.
I found Phryne Fisher to be an interesting lead character. I believe Greenwood was tyring to portray her as somewhat cold, that because of her detective work and the fact that the majority of her clients weren’t living, she removed herself emotionally to avoid dealing with pain. However her shockingly cold approach to matters of the heart I found difficult to deal with. I can imagine a detective having to use an exterior like that to protect themselves from hurt or disturbing thoughts or images. But I thought Greenwood could have given Miss Fisher more soul, more heart. Perhaps that was the problem, she was difficult for me to identify with.
The story itself was fine and fairly well constructed. I couldn’t guess at the ending which made for some fairly entertaining reading and I think I was fairly jealous of the lifestyle Phryne lead. Wealthy, came and went as she pleased, successful.
The difficulties I had with the book.. Well, at the end of each chapter there was a small paragraph or two about several characters that were never introduced in the book. At the start you read them thinking it would resolve itself later on, that perhaps it held clues to the mystery Phryne Fisher was solving. But I never figured it out. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m slow — or whether it wasn’t actually made clear.
Laura have you read this yet? Did that make sense to you?