Mini-review: The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (Ballad #2) by Sharyn McCrumb


In the used bookstore a few days ago I asked the clerk for a mystery recommendation. This was one of them.
While it isn’t objectively bad, I just didn’t enjoy it. I realized tonight that I was coming up with any excuse to not pick it up and finish. So I quickly skimmed the last half and guess what? It was more of the same. This isn’t a mystery even though it’s categorized as a crime novel – the killer is named very early on. At times it seemed to be dealing with environmental issues, then small town religion, an old woman with the sight…well, you get my drift. It was all over the place and needed to pick a literary lane. 

Part of the issue is that I also looked at the book summaries of the rest of the series.  I knew then it wasn’t going to work for me. Not a real series with consistent characters. 

2/5 stars.

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