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29 January 2015 @ 01:24 pm
Recent Reads: Edwardian Murder Mysteries  

Last fall sometime I read MC Beaton’s SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE, which I enjoyed very much (as I do nearly all of Beaton’s historical romancs) and asked for the rest of the quartet for Christmas so I could finish them all before doing a Recent Reads on them.

A couple weeks ago I picked up the 2nd book and found it…incredibly disjointed. There was no flow from book 1 to book 2, and while it had been a few months since I’d read the first, I didn’t think it had been *that* long. I couldn’t remember the things mentioned in the sort of recap-first-chapter, and found it really hard to get into. But I struggled along, never really finding the rhythm of the thing, and upon reaching the end was surprised to find that our protagonists were getting married now. “Huh,” I thought, “that’ll change the dynamic of the last two books.”

So I picked up the third book. Except the characters weren’t married. In fact, the 3rd book appeared to be about some of the recapped adventures from the 2nd book’s first chapter.
With a sinking feeling, I checked the order of the books inside the front cover, and discovered I had shelved them out of order (a thing I NEVER do) and read the 4th and final book second. ARGH.

Anyway, now it feels totally pointless to read books 2 & 3, even though it’s not like there’s any great surprise in what’s going to happen in a light fluffy historical romance series. In fact, I’ve spent most of the past week trying to read the second and third books and just being totally unable to get into them, so I guess I’ll give up and move on to something else. Maybe if I hang on to them for a while I can start anew sometime. Or maybe I just won’t bother, which is sad, because they were a Christmas present. :(

ytd wordcount: 23,200

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 29th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
:( :( :(

Although that kind of reminds me of when I discovered Jennifer Roberson's "Cheysuli" series in high school only to discover that this neat fantasy novel I found on the Walgreen's (!!!) rack was the sixth book in the series. XD It was...jarring to go back and read the previous five.
silkiemom on January 29th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
That kind of reminds me about the time I read a really weird SF book that had time travel in it, and it had people meeting where one party already knew the others but it was the first meeting from the other's point of view. It was an interesting book, but it was kind of confusing.

Years later I found out it was the third book in a trilogy, when I found the first two. I was able to read the first two, but it was kind of cool how I felt like the other guys where I had some knowledge of stuff that had already happened when other characters didn't. So the time travel thing worked for me on a strange level. :)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 29th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! That's kind of cool. :D
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on February 2nd, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
I did this with Future's End, which (since I get my comics a month at a time) I read four issues in reverse order. And I could have skipped the three I missed. Oh well.