Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
An Old Chaos, by Sheila Simonson
The second in the Latouche County series, featuring librarian Meg McLean and sheriff's investigator Rob Neill. McLean didn't have much of a part in this one, other than fixing food and being annoyed at being shut out of Neill's investigation. The mystery involves the suppression of a land survey that showed the potential for landslides in a development site, and the aftermath of the deadly landslide. There were small interesting bits, like the politics in the library, the tensions in the Neill/O'Neill family, the unanswered questions about the impact that losing an eye and cheekbone would have on a beautiful nurse. The pace was casual rather than slow, the revealing of clues steady rather than twisty. I'm not sure Simonson will return to the series; she doesn't seem to put her heart into it.