Fest - Mark McCrum

After reading this I can conclude once again that I'm not a fan of cosy mysteries. The amateur sleuth is not really my cup of tea. It's all a bit too convenient to me.


When a famous literary critique is murdered at a literary festival, a mildly successful crime writer decides to solve the crime by harassing people and asking them questions which for some reason, they all answer. Suspects enough, but who did it?


I don't know what to think of this novel. Like I stated, I'm not a fan of cosy mysteries. This one turned out not to be any different. After a good start (before the murder took place) the story became quite boring fast and became more and more unbelievable. The main character interviews everyone and no one seems to be able to resist his charm as they all answer all of his questions. Some manage to first state some concern as to why he's asking these questions, others don't, but in the end they provide all the answers.


Convenience is yet another thing. Everything in this novel seemed so convenient to me. Like it was all to easy. The eventual solution was far-fetched and presented in classical style: bringing everyone together in the same room and spreading to solution out over 30 pages.


Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed with the story, a little bored even. It disappointed me a bit...


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!