Friday, 9 March 2012
Bringing out the dead
It's an engaging enough read; heavily influenced by Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, and Elizabeth Peters. The archaeological background is well written and thoroughly enjoyable, as is the Minoan Crete details. The mandatory lovestory is rather clumsily handled although the lovers are nice enough. The only area where it's really lacking is as a mystery story. What's going on is pretty obvious and there are some huge holes in the plotline. The other area where this novel falls down is in the huge amount of backstory scattered copiously throughout - I kept checking the jacket of the volume totally convinced that there must have been an earlier book in the series that I'd missed. This did get rather annoying.
It's not the most exciting or original read, and those earlier authors of "women in danger" stories Mary Stewart and M.M. Kaye did it so much better, but for a light throwaway read with an exotic location, it's an enjoyable option.