Sunday, April 17, 2011

review: death of a chimney sweep by m.c. beaton

Death of a Chimney Sweep follows Hamish Macbeth’s investigation of a serial killer in a small Scottish town. It all gets started when a conman is found dead in his own chimney. While it initially appears the chimney sweep did it, he too is found dead a short time later. As Hamish attempts to unravel the conspiracy, the body count increases in this cozy from M.C. Beaton.

I could not get into this one. Not only was much of the dialogue written in an annoying dialect that continually took me out of the story, there was a ton of extraneous information that distracted from the plot. I had no interest in anything to do with Angela and her book. Since Angela was involved in the con run by the first murder victim, a little background on her was appropriate; instead, it was drawn out to an excruciating degree. Furthermore, most of the action is blandly described instead of being written in active voice.
ARC Review
Review copy provided by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

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