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Lord Peter Views the Body
Dorothy L. Sayers
One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson
Finding Clarity: A Mom, A Dwarf and a Posh Private School in the People's Republic of Berkeley - Laura Novak I thought this was pretty bad. The characters were stereotyped and I couldn't work up any interest in any of them - and then, suddenly,the author would throw in some things that came out of nowhere, to try to make the "villains" less villainous.

The plot was inherently unbelievable - no matter how hard I tried to "willingly suspend my disbelief," I couldn't get around the problem I had with believing that the whole central event of the plot could actually happen as described. I'll accept almost anything in a fantasy/sci fi novel, but not in one that's supposedly a "real world" mystery - it needs to have some plausibility. And, whenever things got impossibly lame, the author would toss in some other bizarre facts.

I find it very hard to abandon a book once I've started, so I stuck with this one to the end, but am grateful that it was relatively short. I was delighted to come to "The End." I got this one free on kindle, and it was worth every penny I paid for it.