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The most interesting thing about this book is the very natural and realistic relationships between the people and the events that unfold as a result of these relationships. The characters act out because of their shame, fear, loyalty, envy, ambition, sloth, etc. They all have unique characters and world views and all act accordingly. It seems an odd thing to say, but it seems very organic and believable. I think Granger must be a great student of human nature.
I quite like the main characters, too. Meredith Mitchell works for the Foreign Office and her fiancÃ© Alan Marksby is in the police. In their 30â€™s and 40â€™s, they are a strong couple who are willing to compromise to be together and tolerate each otherâ€™s baggage. Like Toby Smythe, a friend and co-worker of Meredithâ€™s who Alan doesnâ€™t care for, and who gets them involved in their current unpleasantness â€“ poison pen letters which are being sent to his aunt.
Another thing I liked about this book is that Granger doesnâ€™t have Mitchell and Marksby competing to solve the crime before the other does. I find it so annoying when the unofficial detective messes up evidence and conceals information from the police. Instead, she investigates background information that the police donâ€™t have the time or inclination to pursue and then turns over what she finds to Marksby. It is a pleasing, cooperative effort that doesnâ€™t grate on the nerves.
Did I guess it? Sort of. If you are looking for a solid mystery with really good characters, pick this one up. This is a long series and I plan to go back and read the others, too.
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