Wow this book was bad. So bad. I like British humor, I like mysteries, I like wit, but this was just terrible. Which is such a bummer, I was looking forward to reading something from Truss and the back was so promising.

We open in Brighton with a history lesson. There was a massacre in the street years ago because the man in charge, Inspector Steine, heard about the impending gang violence but decided to stop for ice cream instead of stop it. Which is great for him because he hates dealing with anything and thinks himself above criminals. I wasn’t sure why Truss opened this way, but I said let’s wait and see.

It wasn’t great for his number two, Sergeant Brunswick, who actually wants to solve crimes and catch bad guys. But Brunswick is also an idiot. So he isn’t very helpful when it comes to actually making Brighton a better place. Still waiting on Truss to create some clarity.

Then you learn about a bunch of different crimes that may or may not be related, and we meet a large group of people that may or may not be important.

We also eventually meet Constable Twitten, the timing of which is confusing because the subheading of the novel is ‘A Constable Twitten Mystery.’ I’m looking at you Truss.

Also the plot sucked, also the characters sucked, and I clocked the bad guy in like five seconds.

Like, why go through all the trouble of setting up all these connections and subplots and clues, but then not do anything meaningful with them? Or introduce a character that’s actually interesting and sorta three dimensional, Twitten, and then spend so little time with them?

And what the heck was that ending??

The book is roughly 300 pages and it took my 19 years to read it because it was so terrible I had to make myself trudge through this one. Instead I would recommend reading nearly anything else. Seriously. Anything. Sorry Truss.

But on a brighter note, I was just in Santa Barbra for a few days and we spent one of the days on books!

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We started at Chaucer Books. It was a wonderful indie bookstore with a ton of books, both classics and current options. I was also impressed with how many books they were able to fit in the space.

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Then we went to the Book Den! Smaller collection but still lots of options and the man behind the desk was exceptionally helpful. Their selections were more fiction, art, and history but they had smaller other sections as well.

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And lastly, we went to their stunning library in the down town area! Not super huge but still lots of bookshelves, a friendly staff, and it seemed like they had a ton of community programs.

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And last but not least, we went to the The 1975 concert at the bowl. It was exceptional.

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