Agatha Award winner Jill Churchill has delighted fans for years with her Jane Jeffry mysteries. Jane is finally getting married to longtime boyfriend Mel, who’s convinced her and her best friend Shelley to take a self-defense class. But when two people in the class are murdered, all thoughts of learning karate are put on hold. And of course, there’s still that pesky matter of a wedding to plan.
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It could have been a mystery and enjoyable
Not have written this book.
No I will not.
The dead mother-in-law and the insensitivity.
I tried several times to listen to this from my library and kept stopping. Finally, got through this very boring book. I won't listen to another by this author.
I found all of the previous books in the Jane Jeffry series to be fun and lightly entertaining but this last installment reads like the diary of a shallow, self centered woman - completely absorbed by her frivolous suburban reality. The narration didn't add to the experience. While not horrible it seemed flat and made the characters sound even more unlikable. Also, I expect characters in a mystery to do at least a bit of sleuthing but Jane seemed too busy detailing her daily routine to bother.
No motive, 2 unrelated crimes, reads more like a diary full of irrelevancies than a novel. The mystery is a side-line and honestly has no motive, be warned. On the other hand, if you enjoy following a well-to-do housewife/author around in her daily life it's not too bad. She has plenty of money, enjoys shopping for her wedding, and eats out a lot. She fights with her awful mother-in-law to be and her awful former mother-in-law. She does a couple of book signings. She's building an addition on her house, changes kitty litter and makes good grocery lists. There is a fair amount of product placement which I hope the author was paid for. The main character is never in any danger, regardless of what the blurb says, and doesn't help solve the motiveless mystery. There are a few well-written scenes so I know the author is capable of writing, and I hear the rest of the series is better. This probably isn't a good place to jump in. I suppose if you have followed the whole series and come to love the characters this book sort of wraps up their lives and includes a mystery as an afterthought.
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