I have to say I love Pat McManus and have read with joy almost everything he has written. This book, however, was way off the mark. It just seemed like the laziest effort of a book in a series that I have ever read. The story was disjointed and there was no build up of any mystery to be solved. All of the quirky attributes of the returning characters seemed to be hurriedly glossed over. Any background is quickly inserted in what feels like confusing afterthoughts. The writing and the narrative feel clumsy and forced.
While Bo Tully has been dapper and charming in the past, in this novel he's lost all of his charm and comes across as not even a one pick-up line bore. The small part with him hitting on the school principal seemed to be just thrown in for who knows what reason - to wrap up the ending? What about the "dark cloud" that Etta forecasts? Nothing.
Sad to say this this book is as flat and unentertaining as anything I can remember reading. Disappointing to say the least knowing what McManus is capable of.