Monday, January 31, 2011

A Pointed Death by Kath Russell

3.5 Stars
R- 3
Copy provided for review through Virtual Book Tours

A quirky cozy mystery set in the equally quirky world of bio-tech companies.

This was fun and cute, and yet something didn'quite fit for me.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, and if you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I say try it...

But... hmmm.  I can't quite put my finger on it.

For one, it's not really a murder mystery.  Which is fine, just unexpected.  Yes, there is a murder, it's just not really the main point.  And the homicide detective gets almost no "screen time" which felt funny.

Also, it's been said (can't remember by whom, too lazy to look it up) that if in the first act there is a hunting rifle on the wall and if it does not go off in the second or third acts it shouldn't have been there in the first place.  In other words, if you're going to put in specific details, they need to have a point. 

And it felt like there were several things with no point... and several things that were just too obviously placed, feeling a bit forced.

Really, I think what felt off was probably just that some tightening and editing were needed.

So now that I've said a whole bunch on what I couldn't put my finger on.... and probably none of it makes sense..... ;)

Overall, cute mystery.


  1. I hate pointless details because they always leave me wondering.

  2. I know! You put the book down and then later all of a sudden it pops into your head and you're going "wait a minute, what about______?"