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Markham's partner is showing signs of jealousy over the 'special' crew of 4 getting back together again. Saying that it is criminal element that is our reason for reading these well-written stories. This one has a series of deaths in a religious colony, consisting of nuns, priests and people who are staying and studying the saint of a nun who died aged 24 of tb. Well written and enjoyed the repartee amongst the characters. Saying that, I did read a review complaining about the use of words that need to be looked up and how it spoils the flow of reading. That is a pet hate of mine, especially when the word does not work and is used to show the writer's knowledge of obscure words when a more 'normal' one would have been a better use in the sentence. While I did have to look up some words in this story, it was more about the religious phrase or word that I did not know. That is ok as they were integral to the storyline. Thoroughly enjoyed going through the sleuthing process with Markham and his little band. Looking forward to seeing where his home life is going, from the little hints during the narrative, Liv, may be working herself up to being , 'livid '. Sorry couldn't stop myself, it was just wide open to that.
These books (having come to the end) are well-written, with reasonably sympathetic characters. They are always readable, and generally have multiple murders for the Fantastic Four to solve. But I do wonder how many people today are going to find mysteries surrounding St. Therese de Lisieux (the Little Flower) relevant or interesting. I must admit I struggled with this one. I still also feel that Doyle was woefully underwritten. But I don’t regret having read them.
I am reading the whole series and have enjoyed them. My vocabulary has certainly increased. I found this story a little unsatisfying. Too much Noakes. While his character adds much irreverent color to most of the stories, this was a little over the top. Noakes sudden conversion didn't fit. Still, an intriguing plot.
I do like the Markham series, but this is one of the weaker stories. There's a lot about the way everybody, including Noakes, goes overboard for St Therese, and the details of her life rather suffocate the not-very-strong plot. We really don't need to know SO much about her! Hoping for a return to form with the next in the series!
I used to really enjoy this series but unfortunately found this one quite boring. The endless descriptions of St Therese seemed to just pad out the story .... and why always the same amount of murders in every book? Really disappointed!