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I found this a bit campier than others by MacLeod but still delightful. Some reviewers seem unhappily surprised by their first MacLeod download, so know what to expect: She is closer to a PG Wodehouse than a PD James, so don't expect deep characterization or intense atmosphere but a humorous light cozy with small town mores of the early 70s, not the writing date (*80s). If new to MacLeod, you might want to research her briefly to see where she is coming from.
A couple small bones to pick: If you download cozies like these for their settings, know that this is set in Northern New Brunswick, not the Cdn North as the publisher's blurb suggests - still a charming place, however! Dufris mixes some location pronunciations (Somewhere in between the two official languages of the province). And, although I like to chuckle at the octogenarian MacLeod trying to create two teen stoner characters, she ought to know better than to refer to a "race" issue in Quebec, even if race is a socially constructed concept.
Nit-picking aside, I am grateful to this fun author for the six cozies that just saw me through a recent surgery - very decent distraction by a very talented creator of cozies! And I can only guess that an actual Christmas spent with a NB old money family inspired this farce.
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