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This book is the 6th in a series of books featuring Elizabeth MacPherson. Like all of the early McCrumbs this book has a biting wit and sharp humor. I love all of McCrumb's early books while like all human beings she has grown in skill and outlook, the fine bones of her work are here. These books have all of the wit and character of her magnificent ballad novels but are more straight forward and more harsh
I love all of them. They are set in the late eighties and early nineties. This book opens with Elizabeth and her marine biologist husband Cameron, settled in Edinburgh and trying to negotiate a two job marriage. Elizabeth is a forensic anthropologist Cameron is a little concerned about the circumstances that would require Elizabeth's services. She cannot find a job and doesn't want to wait alone for Cameron to come back from his ocean going seal research, she decides to take a packaged Mystery Tour which will visit some of the more colorful sites of Victorian crimes. Jack the Ripper is mentioned. What could go wrong?
Elizabeth's forensics skills are not required. But everyone who has been on a plane, a train, especially a tour bus trapped next to someone who talks without cease can contemplate at least for a moment murder. The fact that an expert in crime is trying to do just that and keeps missing is not however acceptable. But although Elizabeth is a scientist and not a detective even she notices that the trail of accidents including one to the tour guide himself is a bit odd. If you like old crimes and a guide book tour of England you may like this.
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I have trouble getting into books sometimes, but this one hooked me from the start. The hapless tour guide and the American tourists he took around England had some unforgettable moments. Loved the dark comedy. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.