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Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Seahorse in the Thames by Susan Meissner

The Rachael Flynn Series was obviously a one-hit wonder for Meissner.
A Seashore in the Thames, though the covers say otherwise, is barely a mystery at all. It's one of those everyday life kind of books about a woman whose repairman falls off her roof. She takes him in and they eventually have a romantic subplot together. Also, her mentally challenged sister goes missing from the mental home she lives in. Then her sister visits from England toting a piece of baggage she told no one about: her daughter.
The middle is very boring and does not hold the reader's attention very well. The answer to the mystery of her missing sister is interesting and original, but it would have been better if Susan had made this mystery the entire book instead of focusing all her attention on the repairman.
The title of the book in the title of a storybook the lead's niece brought over from England. But there is no connection whatsoever between this storybook and with the plot at large.
But when this book is compared with other books, it isn't really that bad; it just pales in comparison with the Rachael Flynn series.
2.5 stars

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