Thursday, March 14, 2013

Home Sweet Homicide - A book review

 Lately, instead of buying or borrowing new books to read, I've been reading some of the many books I already own but have not read. Most of them are older books I've picked up at library sales. The last one I read was a fun find at an antiques mall, a book published in the 40's called Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice. Here is my review of it from my Goodreads account. 
I must admit that I hated this book to begin with. I thought the premise of kids with a mystery writer mom solving a local murder was cute, but I could not get over how obnoxious the kids were through out most of the book. It also bothered me that just solving the crime was not enough; they had to confuse and outright lie to the cops in order to get all the clues to themselves. Aside from being rude to the cops, including the one they want to set their mother up with, they fabricate evidence, contaminate the crime scene, and basically obstruct justice at every turn.
Eventually, the kids become more likable as they begin to realize that people's lives have and will be affected by this murder and even turn some evidence over to the police. It all ends well, but I wish the author would have made the kids more likable, not like I wanted them to be perfect, just not so irritating. Also, they never seem to understand that some of their actions were wrong and complicated the case. Over all, it was a decent book, but I'm not clamoring for more from this author.

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