Friday, January 22, 2016

#283 : DEATH IN A MAJOR By Sarah Fox : Review + Giveaway

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GENRE: Fiction – Mystery

NUMBER OF PAGES: 304

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Music Lover’s Mystery #2

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers – Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!

REVIEW:

Mystery is a genre that I can never resist. I wasn’t able to resist this book as well when the publishers offered me a review copy. Not that I regret picking it up, but the story didn’t really impress me either.

Our protagonist, Midori has penchant for getting entangled in some murder investigation and end up in mortal danger. This time, it is the death or rather the murder of the Philharmonic orchestra’s patron, Mr.Major. Given that she was present in the scene, she is intrigued and begins her own private investigation. More than investigation, she sort of pieced in all the evidence and brainstormed a possible solution.

Though the story pretty much followed the typical sequence of events – the murder, the suspect list by the protagonist, the investigation and finally the murderer is caught. In spite of following a conventional story board, the book had ample twists and turns that were more character related than that of an event related. In sense, the more than the actions by the character resulting in a twist, the layering of the characters brought in more twists. Apart from the mystery element, the story also had a couple of romantic threads. Of course, the initial thread of that of Aaron seemed a bit less developed in this book. When I realized that this is the second book in the series, while looking up details to post the review, the lack of depth in that part of the story seemed justified. Also Midori’s relationship with her best friend JT seemed to lack depth. May be we would see more of it in the next book given that it is a series. Apart from these two wee bit minuses, other characters had the depth that was required for the story.

MY SAY: A pretty conventional mystery.

RATING:

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERISATION: 3/5

NARRATION: 3/5

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 3/5 

LINKS : Website - http://www.authorsarahfox.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewritefox

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahfox

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4027516.Sarah_Fox​


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1 comment:

  1. I had not heard of this book, but then mystery is not really my genre.

    Also, conventional stories are hit or miss. They can be very dull to read, but if they are done well, and are in our favorite genre - are ultimate comfort reads.

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