I'll admit, I didn't have high hopes for this one. But I enjoyed reading it, mainly because of the plot twists. I agree with some of the other readers that the views of the author were a little dated. But what do you expect from an author that writes mysteries with a cat as a main character?
This was a very light read, and I was a bit surprised that the story kept me sufficiently engaged to finish the book. I won't bother looking for any others in the series though. It is a very G-rated mystery, so it might be just the ticket if you're looking for something recommend to your aged friends or relatives, assuming they aren't too critical about what they read and that they think most modern mystery novels are too violent, or have too much swearing and sex. It reads like a very conservative TV show. I found the treatment of the one gay character offensive - very stereotypical, and when it's indicated that he may have found a romantic interest, the straight characters comment that the couple will have to be very discreet. It's 2015, folks! I'm sure this series has an audience but I don't think it's me.
p.s. the cat was one of the better-written characters, and I liked him.
Have discovered a new cosy series to enjoy. I particularly like how the librarian uses research skills to detect!
Another excellent outing for Diesel and Charlie. Lots of twists and turns to the plot keeps you turning the pages. This mystery has encouraged me to revisit my old Cherry Ames books and go on-line to read the complete story (bits which appear throughout Silence in the Library) written in a similar style. One is gripped by this story within a story which is done artfully by James.
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