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Objectively speaking, not a very good book (or mystery), but hilariously campy, silly, and hysterically gothic. I had great fun reading #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub reviews prior to starting, and everyone's comments on Cynthia really prepared me for her inability to understand what is happening right in front of her eyes 🙈 One is tempted to give her a copy of Northanger Abbey; better to be a Catherine Morland than a Cynthia! 🤣 Justice for Spot, btw.

batsy I almost screamed when having heard Gillman and Sybil discuss what can only be nefarious plans that involve her, Cynthia took a sip of the coffee that was brought to her and was like, "This tastes so weird, Sybil!" Then eats the rest of the breakfast like, "Hmm, all of this tastes so weird!!!" ? Even Spot, may he rest in peace, would have known better and barked at the toast. 2mo
CarolynM Justice for Spot! Our new club motto🤣🤣🤣 Great review. 2mo
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batsy @CarolynM Thank you! Lol Spot 4eva 🐶♥️ 2mo
Tamra 😆 Yes, poor Spot! 🐾 2mo
quietjenn Spot was by far the smartest character in the book 😅 2mo
jlhammar 😂 Yes to all of that! Great review. 2mo
batsy @Tamra @quietjenn He was definitely the sharpest knife 😂🐶 2mo
batsy @jlhammar Thanks! 😁 The group reactions and reviews definitely heightened the fun lol 2mo
LeahBergen Poor Spot deserved better! 😆😆 2mo
Ruthiella #JusticeforSpot ❤️🐶 The parrot and the dog were doing their darndest to tell Cynthia the truth. 2mo
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Am I the only one who thought the introduction comparing this to Agatha Christie was a bit much? I enjoyed it, but felt like I could see what was coming a mile away. It was much more Gothic romance to me than murder mystery. And Cynthia might be the dopiest Gothic heroine I‘ve ever encountered. 😂


Tamra 😆 dopey, yes! 2mo
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quietjenn Definitely not just you, with the intro. 2mo
Ruthiella Awesome photo and review! 😂😂😂 I did not read the introduction, but I am vicariously annoyed on Christie‘s behalf. (edited) 2mo
willaful @Ruthiella 😂 Also, Christie's characters, though very much types, have some *life* to them. These were such cardboard cutouts. 2mo
julieclair Spot! 🥹 And I didn‘t read the intro, but Christie?? Ummm…. that would be no. 😆 2mo
jlhammar Poor Spot 😢 Yes, agree with all of that! 2mo
batsy Haven't read it yet but I guess the intro writer went all in to sell this book to the reader 😁 2mo
CarolynM I skipped the introduction, but it sounds like it might be amusing. This one was nothing like any Agatha Christie I‘ve ever read. 2mo
LeahBergen They did Spot dirty in this book. He deserved better. 🤣🤣 2mo
Jess_Read_This Oh geez, I skipped the intro and am glad I missed that comparison. From what I‘ve read so far this no comparison at all. Not even in the remotest of possibilities is this novel comparable to a Christie mystery. 2mo
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