Friday, February 6, 2009

Black Ship by Carola Dunn

The latest in the Daisy Dalrymple series, Black Ship is a bit of a letdown. It was good meeting the main characters again, and Daisy herself is as much fun as ever. The move to a new neighborhood and the business of meeting new neighbors and settling in are interesting and well handled.

It's the mystery that is a problem: For some reason, Dunn chose to include several chapters from the POV of a character who later becomes one of the main suspects. This means that the readers know who Patrick is and what he was doing well before Daisy does, and it is quite clear who the real murderer is. Daisy and Detective Fletcher only take as long as the do to figure it out because the suspects are silent about a key issue for reasons that are only semi-plausible.

I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I expected to.

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