Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

by M. J. Joachim

Familiarizing herself with the audience, the main character in Death by Didgeridoo quickly charms her way into the reader’s world, quickly becoming as comfortable as if she were sitting at your kitchen table having coffee with you. Quinn, the lawyer/detective in this mystery series, exercises her informal rights to engage you in the story, allowing you to feel exceedingly comfortable in her presence, where she takes you on a wild ride from boredom to undeniable suspicion and inclusion.

On one hand, the familiar tone in this novel is refreshing and endearing. In a very enigmatic way, it draws the reader in, effectively causing us to get to know each character and emit feelings toward them. On the other, I’m not sure readers will care as much about cat relationships that never quite took hold, what Quinn eats for dinner or how many hours of sleep she gets on any given night. It’s akin to those random Facebook posts no one wants to see about how many loads of laundry someone did, and these types of interjections didn’t really add to the story, in my opinion.

That said, Death by Didgeridoo was such a light and fun story to read. The mystery was pure recreation, entertaining to watch unfold and animated enough to become involved in the chase and help solve the mystery. There were times when I laughed, times when I face-palmed and times when I had to keep reading, because this was an amusing tale, one I will add to my recommended reading, simply because it was that enjoyable to read.

May all your reading be pleasurable,

M. J.

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