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Murder at the Village Fete : A 1920s cozy mystery (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08DP554QS
- Publisher : Inspired Press Limited (24 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 681 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 186 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1838441107
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,054 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'd have to say while it's not a bad book, it's not a great one either. The characters were people you'd like to read about. Despite fact that this is the second in a series and I haven't read the first book it was easy to pick up the situation and figure out enough of the events of the previous book that led them there. The mystery itself was quite interesting, well thought and with enough possible suspects and motives to keep you guessing (although I must admit my first instinct on "who dunnit" was correct).
Other aspects of the book however do tend to let it down a little. To start with there's the title, "Murder at the village fete". You'd expect from that that the murder actually happens at the fete; it doesn't. At the very least you'd expect the fete to feature prominently in the book; it doesn't. The fete is really just a minor event that aside from being the reason the victim is in the area could very easily be written out of the book entirely. So why is the book named for it? Well, maybe it's just another red herring or maybe they had to call it something and nothing else came to mind.
My main issue with the book is the lack of atmosphere. It's billed as a 1920's mystery "Downton Abbey" meets "Murder, She Wrote", but aside from WW1 being a recent event the story could really have happened anytime between the invention of the motor car and the mobile phone. There is nothing in the language, settings or fashion that really makes it feel like you're in the 20s. In fact some of the language in particular does seem wrong for the period.
Overall, it's a quick, enjoyable read, certainly more novella than novel but not especially evocative of the era.