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La dame baigne à l'aise dans une culture britannique et possède un vocabulaire littéraire, psychologique, organisationnel étendu. Hélas, elle le promène souvent futilement ou "mal-t'à propos" et même l'OED n'en reconnaît pas un large quart.
Elle sait écrire en anglais mais vire vers un contenu totalement américain. Étant donné que les USA, la GB, la Scandinavie, l'Inde, l'Asie du sud-est, l'Oz et la NZ sont infectés d'américanite, on peut comprendre qu'elle vise le marché le plus rentable. Mais le rregretter.
Osera-t-on suggérer qu'elle nous inflige trop souvent et trop longtemps les blessures, insécurités et irrésolutions de ses personnages ? Et que cela en devient lassant, au détriment de ses écrits par ailleurs très prenants.
This is the 2nd set of Markham mysteries and sad to say that the annoying characters from the first lot of books are even more annoying in this set. Still I live in hope that the author can find a way of sending them off into the sunset. Easy reading that doesn't tax the brain (not even the authors I suspect), though that's probably a bit cruel.
Having read books 9-16 of the series, I have enjoyed reading them. The characters are superb, especially DI Markham and DS Noakes. I also like the author's three-dimensional portrayal of Burton and Doyle. Olivia and Muriel were quite deeply portrayed too. I know crime mysteries are formulaic but Catherine Maloney follows the same formula in every book. Every book is about a serial killer, so that is 16 so far and there has only been 34 since Jack The Ripper's time in the UK. There are always four murders. Invariably, the killer commits suicide to avoid capture. The formula is just too repetitive. Also the author's use of uncommon words, meant I had to keep using the dictionary inside my kindle app to look them up. Although, I have learned a lot of new words, I doubt I will find a use for most of them. Having now read 16 books, I would recommend the series for the characters alone. Just download a dictionary on your kindle app and suspend reality and you too will enjoy reading them.
Having read all the Markham books to date, I found the format repetitive. The author seems to have used the same template for each book. Murder/murders, blackmail, set a trap. Lots of historical details which I skipped as most of it was irrelevant to the story. I still had to continue reading as became invested in the characters.
There are only three stories in this even though it states volumes 9-16 and all three are very boring, the first one was more about Shackleton etc than the crime and 3/4 of the way through my Kindle had to reboot and I was so enthralled with he story I did not bother to find my place in the book but went onto the next, should not have bothered as it was just as boring, have now deleted it from my library and very thankful I lost only 99p
I admit it. I only read two of the books. I read the first one and became bored very quickly. All"the team" seemed to do was sit down and analyse scenarios about who could of killed the victims. And victims there are aplenty. So I read the second book. It was very similar and so predictable. Not the perpetrator but the sequence of dead body.... analysis paralysis.... dead body.... analysis paralysis. I gave up and didn’t read any more.