Tuesday, June 05, 2012

2012 book 154

Emily Arsenault's Miss Me When I'm Gone
Arsenault is one of the writers working in one of my favorite genres--literary mysteries. I loved her first book, The Broken Teaglass, and also really liked In Search of the Rose Notes, but this definitely feels like a bit of a step up. It's about pregnant Jamie, who's appointed literary executor for her friend Gretchen after Gretchen dies in an accident after a reading for her very successful first book (an Eat Pray Love-style book about country music). But Jamie's efforts to untangle Gretchen's notes for her second book lead to a much more complicated story than she'd imagined, and to a whole slate of mysteries from the past. Things drag a little bit toward the end--as Jamie's investigation gets super intense, the interruptions of excerpts of the country music book got on my nerves (but of course made me eager to get past them to get back to the good stuff). A-.

An e-galley was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in July.

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