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Review: Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb (1984, #1 Elizabeth MacPherson)

Review: Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb (1984, #1 Elizabeth MacPherson)Author: Sharyn McCrumb
Title: Sick of Shadows
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages: 240
Release Date: 2010-11-24
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
The book that started it all for Edgar Award winner Sharyn McCrumb's widely acclaimed series featuring amateur sleuth Elizabeth MacPherson.When delicate Eileen Chandler is set to marry, her family fears the man is a fortune hunter. Thank goodness, Eileen's cousin Elizabeth MacPherson comes early for support. Unfortunately, Elizabeth also has some detecting to do, as a dead body is found, and none of the wedding party is above suspicion....
Format: Hardcover
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Sick of Shadows is the first book in the Elizabeth MacPherson series.

The most recent book in this series was published in 2000, but I always like to start at the beginning. 

At the beginning of May, I wrote a sample review for the first ninety-four pages. 

Here are a few quotes from that review: 
“Where is the mystery?” 
“I have to give this a very low hook rating because, based on the book alone, I have no idea what the point of it is.”
“I’ve never read a book that takes this to get to the murder.”

After finishing the book, my reaction isn’t much better. It takes way too long for anything to happen in this book. It isn’t until Chapter 9, which was quite a ways in, that Eileen, Elizabeth’s cousin, is murdered. 

The characterization is great for all the secondary characters–the eccentric members of Elizabeth’s family, but the characterization of Elizabeth herself falls flat. There isn’t much to like about her. She’s awkward, unsure of herself, and boring. The blurb on GoodReads says Elizabeth wants to solve the murder, but I didn’t get that feeling. Elizabeth really just goes along for the ride. Yes, she figures out who the killer is at the end, but only after her brother has already figured it out.

I was really hoping to like this book. It was just so-so. The only good thing was how the killer was apprehended at the end.

I’m not sure if I will read the next book in this series.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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