The Curse of the Bridal Chamber By Hunter Murphy
2 out of 5 Stars
I received an advance ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book seemed like it would be a lot of fun. Murder. At a mermaid convention. In the swamps of Florida. A pair of kooky old women as amateur detectives. This had all the makings of a great summer read, something along the lines of a Dave Barry or Carl Hiassen novel.
I tried. I really did, but I couldn’t finish the book. The mermaid convention is just beginning, the old ladies are appropriately saucy, and the dead body shows up within a few chapters. But the way most of the characters interact is so overblown and far from believable, it was hard to read. It was a bit like watching one of those day time reality shows, a Jerry Springer or some such. Most of the characters behavior seems overblown and overly confrontational. And two of the leads, Imogene’s son Billy and his partner, Jackson (who, I presume are not meant to be suspects in this case, as we follow them and the old women from the start of the book), make several choices after the discovery of the body so strange as to defy belief.
I hate not finishing a book, but sometimes it’s for the best.