Montmorency On The Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer? by Eleanor Updale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Still fun, but not as much fun as the first Montmorency book. Maybe it was that the formula that worked so well in the first seemed to change a little more than was necessary for the second - why, for example, did we jump five years into the future and not follow Fox-Selwyn and Montmorency on their spy mission? Why did we have to have a drug addiction? That lessened my enjoyment considerably. Ditto our time on Tarimond - what did that have to do with Montmorency? Had we stayed in Scotland, interacting with the Scottish nobility and seeing how Montmorency/Scarper adapt there, it might have been better. Or ignored that altogether and stayed in London. Because of our travels, and the introduction of Dr. Farwcett as a main character, the London mystery got short shrift. Vi and Scarper would have been a great team, but that isn't allowed to flourish.
In short, too many locales, too many characters, less focus on Montmorency/Scarper led to a lesser book.
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