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Review: Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done to Death

dead-over-heels-charlaine-harrisFinally the last book in this 8 book series. I’ve got mixed feelings over it ending, because although I’ve really enjoyed the series and I quite like the main character, I can tell that it’s not Harris’ best writing, and I’d much rather read the Sookie Stackhouse books (again).

This book starts off with Roe’s step-sister-in-law being murdered in her own house. Roe and her other step sister are going over to confront her for not turning up to a meeting of the ‘Uppity Women’ (don’t ask). When they get to her house, they find her on the floor, brutally stabbed. Over the course of the book, we learn that Poppy (and likewise her husband) were not exactly committed in their relationship, carrying on other relationships with many people in the town. Which of course gives us plenty of suspects for her murder, jealous women, and men who think the cat might be let out of the bag.

The plot was brilliant, a very well written murder mystery. Every time I convinced myself that someone was guilty, I turned out to be completely wrong. In the end, the guilty woman (or man) was not someone that I had ever suspected, but completely obvious now that I know.

There were a few things that I didn’t like about this book, mainly the fact that Roe discovers that she is pregnant. Harris made a big point through the last 3 books to bring up the fact that Roe can’t have children every few chapters, so the fact that Roe is pregnant seems to be an attempt to end the series on a ‘happy ever after’ note. Although it was pretty nice, it just seemed quite odd, a little like it was tacked on as an afterthought.

But apart from the few niggles that I had with the book, it was a very good end to a series that for me was a bit up and down. Not the best series I’ve ever read but one that kept me wanting to read until I’d finished.

3-5

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