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I nearly gave up on this book midway through the introductory briefing (listen and that will make sense) as the constant repetition of the name 'Rog' became increasingly irritating.....but I'm glad I persevered. Nicola Barker has pulled off a very neat trick in infusing a very traditional village 'cozy' mystery with a surreal edge that never becomes self indulgent. The epistolatory format allows the cast of seemingly standard village stereotypes to emerge as real and deeply flawed people through their unwitting revelation of quirks, prejudices and deeply buried (until now) dark secrets. It's all quite bizarre yet still believable and very funny.
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This was a bit of a 'punt' for me to download and as the previous reviewer noted, the opening 'missive' is a little irritating, but I enjoyed it so much that I've listened to it twice now. That's partly because an audiobook doesn't afford the listener the opportunity to refer back to previous passages as easily as the written page (something any reader/listener of this book will surely want to do to check up on who's who and who said/did what to whom) but also because it's a huge amount of fun.
Forget the fact that no one would ever really write letters in the style and detail that is presented (it's essential for the development of the plot) and just enjoy it for what it is - a fun story in which anyone who's ever lived in a village will recognise certain characters!!
Best of all for this sad romantic was the late forming sub-plot between two peripheral characters and the mystery solving constable's way of addressing their mutual anguish in the book's denouement in the midst of solving and explaining the main 'crime'. Lovely!
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