Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead
This book relies on my least favorite form of humor -- i.e., when a character makes a complete ass of himself without recognizing it or understanding people's reactions. Winn Van Meter is a man who has substituted club memberships for interpersonal relationships, making him a fairly worthless father of the bride. The book takes place during the weekend of the wedding, on the fictional island of Waskeke, somewhere off New England. Winn is such a pompous and unself-aware git that he is neither likable or pitiable. But then again, none of the characters generate much liking or pity. The reader wasn't very good either.