by Elizabeth George

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3
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I admire Elizabeth George for being so committed to character development and plot detail, but this book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been more closely edited. I also feel it does a disservice to Barbara Havers, who has become by far the most interesting character in the series. Havers has many fine qualities, and I find her funny and intelligent in a way that is rather unique. Therefore, the writer's insistent focus on her unattractive shape and sloppy clothing becomes quite grating, and this is not the first time I have felt that in this series. What purpose is being served here? There are several serious missteps in characterization here, both in Barbara's character and in the characterization of her friend Taymullah Azhar. Both act in ways that I found frankly unbelievable. Though interesting and well done in some ways, these flaws seriously marred my enjoyment of the book.

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