07 May 2011

I was excited to find her new one in Sainsburys, but, alas, by the time I got to the end, I could only think "thank goodness".  It was quite sloppy, unfortunately – she thanks a copy-editor and proof-reader in the acknowledgements and it's nice to see those differentiated, but not all of their amendments can have been made, as I spotted some real howlers – and I don't mean the atrocious puns which she always includes: those are fine, and expected! Told rather than showed … I know that she is considered lowbrow by many but I've always enjoyed her good writing and plots before this one. Oh – and the Asian characters were a bit embarassing in this day and age, too …