I listen to a lot of Audible books, and this one has a storyline which moves very slowly: if an editor had chopped away about 40% of this novel, the historical context and good characterization would make it a winner. But. . .
This my second Tempe Brennan book, and I like them. The female protagonist, complete with her tangled, complex love affairs works well. The use of both French and Spanish, along with the view of contemporary Canada adds a little international spice to the mix.
The author does a good job of mixing in historical and technical information about forensics and modern biology, which is welcome.
My one complaint is the anti-NRA diatribe which is stuffed into the early part of the book. I normally allow authors to use their work to promote their political views, but this one is so clumsily done and blatantly obvious that I must object. It feels as if a cut-and-paste from an anti-NRA website was stuffed into the novel, paradoxically right after a scene where the good guys might not have been harmed had they been armed. It just didn't work.
The book is well worth your time: history, travel, romance, and mystery, all in a generally well-written package.
I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.
A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.
I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.
Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.
This book was disappointing. The plot is very flimsy, and the characters are more likc caricatures. I had a hard tme finishing it.
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