Thursday, 11 October 2018

Lesson Plan for Murder - Lori Robbins

Lesson Plan for Murder (A Master Class Mystery)Lesson Plan for Murder by Lori Robbins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure from the description if this was supposed to be a lighthearted style murder mystery or something a bit more serious. (I won't say cosy mystery as I have an almost irrational hatred of the term.) In all honesty, by the end of the book, I still wasn't entirely certain which it was supposed to be if indeed it was either.
On the whole, I enjoyed the storyline and the various characters. There was enough depth in the periphery people, such as Liz's husband George, (who, by the by, I did not like) to keep my interest in more than just the mystery. I didn't solve who done it this time. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure that I liked the big reveal, I'm not convinced that it actually worked. The buildup to that though, with the various deaths and clues that were given was ok.
Liz herself was a little annoying as an amateur detective, on one hand, she didn't seem to want to be involved and then the next second was actively writing lists of suspects and interviewing people. The police officer that she befriended seemed a little too willing to help her too.
I realise that it's always a difficult balance when it comes to this kind of story, we want our character to find out things, but it's not always obvious why people would be willing to tell her things.
Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable read. I did think that the mystery side of things did fall a little flat and as there is a second book planned, I'm not entirely convinced that I see Liz being the kind of person that falls into the ideal accidental detective character. It may be that she develops this side a bit further in the next book. There is certainly plenty of room for more to be revealed about her childhood and family.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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