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The Last Word: A Novel por Elly Griffiths
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The Last Word: A Novel (original 2024; edição 2024)

por Elly Griffiths (Autor)

Séries: Harbinder Kaur (4)

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Natalka and Edwin are perfect if improbable partners in a detective agency. At eighty-four, Edwin regularly claims that he's the oldest detective in England. He is a master at surveillance, deploying his age as a cloak of invisibility. Natalka, Ukrainian-born and more than fifty years his junior, is a math whizz, who takes any cases concerning fraud or deception. Despite a steady stream of minor cases, Natalka is frustrated. She loves a murder, as she's fond of saying, and none have come the agency's way. That is until local writer Melody Chambers dies. Melody's daughters are convinced that their mother was murdered. Edwin thinks that Melody's death is linked to that of an obituary writer who predeceased many of his subjects. Edwin and Benedict go undercover to investigate and are on a creative writing weekend at isolated Battle House when another murder occurs. Are the cases linked and what is the role of a distinctly sinister book group attended by many of writers involved? By the time Edwin has infiltrated the group, he is in serious danger.… (mais)
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Título:The Last Word: A Novel
Autores:Elly Griffiths (Autor)
Informação:Mariner Books (2024), 352 pages
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The Last Word por Elly Griffiths (2024)

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This is Edwin and Natalka's second outing as a detective pair. The book is placed in the
Harbinder Kaur series but while she is in it, she's just a pivot around which the other characters - detectives and police - interact. Natalka isn't there much either. Instead we have Edwin and, against his better judgement, Benedict (Natalka's love interest) undercover at a writers' retreat. I didn't find the book very interesting, and there is no way that the story leads us to the killer, but the book isn't out of bounds for a cozy. Not for me but you might like it. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jul 15, 2024 |
For sheer readerly enjoyment and going with a Griffiths' story as it unrolled, this was actually a 4-star escapade for me. However, overall, the plot was too murky with convoluted developments involving so many different character, spouses/partners, and side trips about other characters which detracted from the "narrative flow" (Malcolm Collins, I'm looking at you) . The final twists that led to the 'who-dun-it' reveal was awkward, a case of tah-da, the white rabbit pulled out of the hat type of thing.

On the plus side, Elly Griffiths is an adroit writer, creating interesting plots and drawing in the real-life aspects of all the people involved in her stories. This adds a depth which sets the tone for a tale beyond simply 'all-action' and mystery. Her strong idiosyncratic characterisations carried the day, making this current adventure a really worthwhile read with the added spice of the Private Investigators from Book 2. For my tastes, such detail is interesting, taking her novels into the human condition territory.

That Harbinder Kaur didn't feature as a main character wasn't a flaw in my mind. I enjoyed seeing more about the people we read about in earlier books. Though the backstories in book 4 were a little too detailed, perhaps this helped readers who hadn't remembered the characters which appeared in The Postscript Murders (Book 2). ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 11, 2024 |
I have read many of Elly Griffiths book, including her Ruth Galloway Series as well as the Harbinder Kaur series of which this purports to be #4. Unfortunately there was less of Harbinder Kaur, with her dry humor and sarcasm, and more of a load of other characters which were similarly and confusingly named to the point of distraction. There wasn’t much of a mystery, there were too many characters and too many distractions which did not add to the story. Doubly disappointing as I really enjoyed “The Postscript Murders.” This was a miss for me but I am hopeful that future installments will contain more Harbinder Kaur and her crime solving escapades.

Thanks to Mariner Books - HarperCollins and NetGalley for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jun 24, 2024 |
I enjoy the Harbinder Kaur series, although this one didn't have much of Harbinder in it. ( )
  drthubbie | Jun 11, 2024 |
The Last Word marks the return of Natalka, Edwin, and Benedict, the team of amateur sleuths introduced in The Postscript Murders. Their initial success inspired them to form a detective agency; in this novel they are hired to investigate the suspicious death of an older woman with ties to a community of writers. Edwin and Benedict go undercover, attending a writer’s retreat which leads them to a complicated web of relationships and, of course, more suspicious deaths. The trio make points with local law enforcement when they reveal their connections to Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur, and it’s all hands on deck to solve the crime.

As they get to the bottom of the case, related storylines further develop each character. The tone is light and cozy, but Elly Griffiths doesn’t shy away from exploring contemporary issues. Although she has gone on record saying the Harbinder Kaur novels are not a series in the traditional sense, The Last Word appears to set the stage for more adventures with the detective agency, which could be a winning formula. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jun 2, 2024 |
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Natalka and Edwin are perfect if improbable partners in a detective agency. At eighty-four, Edwin regularly claims that he's the oldest detective in England. He is a master at surveillance, deploying his age as a cloak of invisibility. Natalka, Ukrainian-born and more than fifty years his junior, is a math whizz, who takes any cases concerning fraud or deception. Despite a steady stream of minor cases, Natalka is frustrated. She loves a murder, as she's fond of saying, and none have come the agency's way. That is until local writer Melody Chambers dies. Melody's daughters are convinced that their mother was murdered. Edwin thinks that Melody's death is linked to that of an obituary writer who predeceased many of his subjects. Edwin and Benedict go undercover to investigate and are on a creative writing weekend at isolated Battle House when another murder occurs. Are the cases linked and what is the role of a distinctly sinister book group attended by many of writers involved? By the time Edwin has infiltrated the group, he is in serious danger.

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