Christmas Carol Murder
Author: Leslie Meier [Website][Facebook]
Publisher: Kensington Books
Series: Lucy Stone Mystery, Bk 20
Length: 262 pages
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
It's the most recent in the series and perfect for the season.
Why I shouldn't have read this book (yet)?:
I think I read Chocolate Covered Murder (Bk 18), though I never posted it. Unfortunately, it seems I failed to read Easter Bunny Murder (Bk 19). I could kick myself! This is not a good series to read out of order.
This book looks at the financial hardship experienced by many in the U.S. over the past several years. Especially hitting on the housing market and foreclosures. There was a brief mention of the upcoming health care plan and the confusion people are feeling.
Especially as relates to a family with a very ill child. These elements work for the overall A Christmas Carol theme.
I did not guess the murderer from among the many suspects. However, I felt at least one of the characters was inconsistent from the first mention in the story to the second. And there were some side elements that I thought had an obvious conclusion much sooner than it did.
I have mixed feeling about this series. I'm 20 books in (nearly) and still reading. So something is good/interesting enough to keep me going. But after I finish a book in this series, I generally feel it was just okay. What's up with that? ::shrug::