Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, November 19, 2012
A Fatal Winter, by G. M. Malliet
The curse of the 2nd published book was visited upon this overly complicated mystery. Is the deadline for getting book #2 to the publisher too tight for authors to do the required work to replicate the successes of their first outing? Here there are too many characters, too many motives, too little work on the characterizations and writing. Big sloppy bandaids to help readers follow. Max Tudor remains an engaging character. The solution to the mystery improbable but clever.