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Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr 20 February 2020

2011 cosy mystery, second in the Mac Faraday series. Police detective turned heir Faraday finds his ex-wife importuning him to let them get back together… but soon enough she's dead, and so's her new husband.

It's another odd story, and I find myself enjoying Carr's style while not quite being able to classify it. There's virtuous rurality here (pretty much everybody who's not a local turns out to be one sort of villain or another), and there are implications of the sort of systematic corruption in Washington DC which might reasonably make one lose one's faith in the entire justice system… if they were followed through, which they aren't.

I liked the people, but I found that the investigation itself bogged down a bit, with a subplot or two too many that just didn't sustain my interest. It was pretty obvious what the big mystery was all about, and whenever it takes the characters much longer to think of something than it takes the reader, they come off as stupid.

Still, I wanted something light after some good solid recent reading, and I'm interested to see where Carr takes the series next.

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