I loved this book. It was beautifully written and thoughtfully composed. Definitely not just a celebrity biography but a real look into anorexia.
Oh Flavia! I love these books and the world. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Ugh. I tried to get into this book. I really did. But it was confusing, nonsensical, illogical, self-indulgent and not very compelling. I was disappointed, too, because it looked so promising. It takes place in Paris, there’s obviously food involved, the main character is a female police officer who is married to a chef–it all seemed like a book I would like. But…no. I made it just past the halfway mark then skipped ahead to the end (which I almost never do!). Tout finis!
What a terrible writer! This was obviously a book that had no editing whatsoever–how does something like this even get published? It was so terrible the writer ought to be ashamed of herself!
It was fun to read (and I figured out the ending) but the series could really benefit from a fact checker.
There are certain things in M.C. Beaton’s books that I find particularly unpleasant to read–a lax attitude toward drinking and driving, police officers drinking on the job, and casual mention of domestic violence. This book in particular bothered me for all of the above reasons, especially the last. I sometimes cannot believe it is a woman writing them. While I love her books, I do not like her apparent attitude that violence against women is “no big deal” or that it’s excusable because “some women have it coming.” If she were a male writers this would probably be enough for me to stop reading him altogether! On the other hand, she is one of my favourites…
I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time I read it. This was the book that started my love of the Hamish Macbeth books and I can see why. Very entertaining! Plus, I’m a sucker for the “manor house mystery” kind of story, which I believe is among the coziest of cozy mysteries.
It was funny in parts, revelatory in others (she was a bedwetter until the age of 16!) but it wasn’t as enjoyable as Kathy Griffin’s book, it never talked about Jimmy Kimmel (curious…) and I’m 75% sure it was heavily ghost-written. I mean, maybe not, since she’s more of a comedy writer than Kathy Griffin (who probably did have a ghost writer, but then, she’d probably freely admit it). It was okay. I’d give it a B-.
It was funny and an easy, enjoyable read. It really sounded like her voice. It reminded me a lot of how she sounds on her show. I wonder who wrote it for her!