Jessica's in Washington, D.C., to support a senator's new literacy initiative. The week-long literacy event includes a visit to the White House to meet the president and a lavish party or two.
But during one affair at the senator's home in Virginia, Jessica discovers the dark side of politics. At the foot of a rickety staircase, she finds the body of the senator's chief of staff - and he has taken a permanent recess. Her search for culprits leads her from the shady halls of the Library of Congress to the D.C. social scene, and even the FBI.
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No, it's not among the best in the series. I enjoyed the book overall. I got the audio version. The narrator did a really good job in conveying the story. Some of her accents were a bit similar between the characters, but there are only so many ways we can change our voices, and with the number of characters, I was fine with it.
*Possible Spoiler* There was a plot twist that was unnecessary, as it didn't do much to move the story forward. It may have been to appease the 'powers that be' to include info about someone's sexual orientation, but I didn't find that detail suspenseful, useful to the story or even interesting. The main character (Jessica Fletcher) was almost obsessed with it when it was revealed, and that made the latter part of the book a bit off-putting and slow for me.
With regard to the rest of the story: It was good, but not as good of a mystery as I'd expected given the overall premise of the story. There were characters that served nearly no purpose, as we were introduced to them and didn't really hear from them again until the end when the killer would be revealed. There were pieces of evidence that could have done more to improve the story's movement and help the reader/listener join in on the sleuthing that wasn't introduced until really late in the story. It was almost like the clues were an afterthought. Finally, why was Seth there/George leave? My guess was to set things up for another book, but George came back, so...
Most interesting: The first part when the murder took place.
Least interesting: Plot twist that dragged on and didn't help the story.
The narrator did a really good job in conveying the story. Some of her accents were a bit similar between the characters, but there are only so many ways we can change our voices, and with the number of characters, I was fine with it.
No! Although there were strings hanging loose, the book started to lose its way with the plot twist. Jessica was so obsessed with this person's sexual orientation, it became rather off-putting. Then there were character exchanges and extra clues, the story did not end well for me.
The story started well, but was ultimately all over the place with little strings hanging loose at the end - not really strings about the story, as those were tied up neatly, they were more "Well, what did X have to do with Y?" and "Why did we learn A about B?" and "How were we supposed to know that?". I enjoyed the first book I listened to (the one about the mystery theater weekend) and this is the second, so maybe these are hits and misses. I'll continue to listen to the series until I learn if they are consistently good stories or consistently bad.
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