Last time when I was looking for a random read at the library, I browsed the books that were on display at the ends of the aisles. This turned out not to be a great plan, since it included a lot of books I’d already heard of and authors I’d already read. And finding something of interest in the ones that were completely new to me was harder than I’d thought it would be.
This time around, I decided to browse the new books section, which meant I was judging based on the titles more than anything else… so when I saw E.E. Kennedy’s Death Dangles a Participle, how could I not pick it up?
Unfortunately, I’ve never really been a fan of cozy mysteries. I don’t know that I’ve even read any, but they just haven’t ever appealed to me. But I figured, why not give it a try?
Once again, this was the second book in a series, and I felt a little more at a disadvantage than I did with last month’s Smasher. A lot of characters are introduced in a short time frame, and while a few of them do stand out, most of them are muddled together in my mind, even after reading the whole book.
In addition to the big mystery of the book, there are also a couple smaller mysteries… one which isn’t so much a mystery but a surprise for the character revealed halfway through the book, and one which is mentioned just a few times before being resolved at the very end. I saw both of these coming from the beginning. Maybe I was supposed to; I don’t know.
The solution to the main mystery was a surprise, but by that time I didn’t really care. Sorry to say, but I very much considered DNFing this one. The main thing that made me decide to push on is that it was such a quick read, so it wasn’t much of an investment to give it a chance and see if it got better. Not that it was bad, but it just isn’t my type of book.
So, I’ll continue steering clear of the cozies from now on, but Death Dangles a Participle could be a quick, fun diversion for those who enjoy them… especially if you’re a stickler for grammar.
When was the last time you picked up a book with no prior knowledge?