I finished reading the book a while ago, and while I still believe it is a Bad Choice for this program, I was not successful in disliking it altogether.
It was entertaining, and I enjoyed it.
It was the first detective novel I’ve read, so the whole formula and format seemed novel. I had fun imagining rules to a The Thin Man drinking game, with the core rule being, every time Nick has a drink, take a drink. Being set during prohibition, I thought it was an interesting period piece in several aspects, including the language and slang the characters used and, most significantly, how women were viewed and treated. I liked finally getting to meet Asta, who has so often appeared in my crossword puzzles, and who was initially the only familiar aspect of this book and of the Nick and Nora series in general.
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