No Rest for the Dove
No Rest for the Dove reunites Charlotte Willett and Richard Longfellow, neighbors and amateur sleuths in colonial Massachusetts, in solving a murder. The main storyline centers around Gian Carlo Lahte, a musico nicknamed Il Columbo, “the Dove.” In his native Italy, he was surgically altered as a teen so that he could sing female operatic roles. Shortly after he arrives in the town of Bracebridge to visit Longfellow, a stranger is found dead on the Boston-Worcester road. The identities of the victim and killer are the concern of this primary plot.
There is a subplot involving the patriot rebellion led by Sam Adams and company, with whom Longfellow is somehow affiliated. This storyline is not really integral to the murder plot but exists as maybe a build up to be resolved in the fourth installment. In any event, it ends up diminishing the suspense of the murder mystery plot.
This third in the Bracebridge mystery series has an abundance of people and situations packed into its 273 pages, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The key to writing a successful series, in my opinion, is to fill in pertinent history for first time readers like me. A little more background about Willett and Longfellow and less detail about minor characters would have made it easier to become involved with these two and their current mystery. That, coupled with the fact that there are too many issues competing for space, leaving some scantily addressed or unresolved, leaves me unable to recommend No Rest for the Dove.