Saturday, July 23, 2011
Tears of Pearl
Minotaur Books, 2009
Mystery; Historical; Romance
I've mostly enjoyed the Lady Emily series but this one fell a bit flat for me. It took me almost a week to read, which is a sure sign that I'm uninterested. I kept pushing because I really did like the first books but this was a definite disappointment for me.
First Emily and Colin are married! Now I love their relationship and I was rooting for them but I enjoyed their relationship more during the flirtation and without the references to them enjoying their honeymoon phase. Additionally Emily was incredibly unprepared for the possibility of a child despite frequent acts that lead to a child. The way she handled that seemed out of character for her; I thought she was more pragmatic.
Second the setting is Turkey, which is not my favorite place to read about. I missed England and my beloved butler Davis; I also missed Emily's best friend Ivy, who is on bedrest facing a difficult childbirth. The new characters did not grab my attention and while the murderer(s)'s motivation was clear, the way it unfolded seemed a bit unfocused and confused. I did not solve the mystery but I also wasn't paying close attention as I kept trying to figure out how many pages were left.
Overall: A bit of a disappointment; however I have my review of the next book Dangerous to Know scheduled for later, which was a bit of an improvement.