Review: Out of Circulation

October 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm (cozy mystery, mystery)

Out of Circulation
Out of Circulation by Miranda James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this one took too long to get going – the murder victim wasn’t even found until Chapter 13, something like a third of the way through. Which is not to say that the social combat before then wasn’t interesting, but it took too long to get to that point, as well.

Except that, on the other hand, it turned out that much of what went on toward the beginning was more relevant to the subsequent investigation and plot than I first assumed. Or perhaps it was just my mood, so that the low-key development of the story frustrated me more than it could have otherwise.

At any rate, Charlie Harris is still a pleasant fellow to spend a few hours with – though some might find his conflict-averse nature stultifying – and so is his cat. Kanesha Berry continues to provide some “edge” in a setting that would otherwise be too nice for words.

The payoff for my decision to pick up and finish the book was good though – some archival research, some serious cogitating, a health scare, and a difficult decision for Charlie to make.

The next one in this series is expected out next January (2014).

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