A Lesson in Love and Murder

A Lesson in Love and Murder

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-- A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.
Publisher: Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
ISBN: 9780736966436
0736966439
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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NADINE KEELS
May 30, 2017

I’ll admit that even though I really like the characters in this series, they tried me at a number of turns in this book. The idea of a detective wishing for a new murder to solve because she needs money doesn’t sit right with me. (What if the next person killed is someone you love, ma’am? Will your electric bill seem so important then?) Nevertheless, as calamity unfolds in the story, there is a definite thread addressing the value of human life.

Now, I’m also not a fan of a woman getting violent with a man she’s fond of when she likely wouldn’t be okay with him doing the same. And there does seem to be a running theme in this series where the men are rather backward or timid about romantically pursuing the women they want. I didn’t laugh as much during the story as I thought I would, and I found two of the crucial action scenes to be somewhat less than believable.

Still, all my nit-picking aside, I truly loved this novel. It hit me with poignancy and depth where I wasn’t expecting it. The complexity of human relationships. The tension between loving one’s city and being compelled to fight against its corrupt systems. Who’d have thought a Herringford and Watts mystery would make my eyes watery, more than once?

On to the next book in the series...

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heidenkind
Oct 31, 2016

Better than the first book.

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