Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
288 pages, 3 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple. –Goodreads.com
This is the second Claire DeWitt mystery novel. I didn’t read the first and there were small references to things that I didn’t get (I assume if I’d read the first one they would make more sense). The writing was great! It was very beautifully written especially the parts about Claire’s inner struggle. But I didn’t like the campy mystery novel bits like referencing a clue by a name like The Clue of the Traveling Parrot Plumage–that’s not actually one, but they were similar and capitalized and silly.
As far as solving the mystery of Paul Casablancas’s death this book is very satisfying, but as a novel it is less so because Claire’s drug problem and mental issues are never resolved. Also there was a parallel story from Claire’s younger days that isn’t resolved either, which I assume will be tackled in the next book. Perhaps in the next book or the next, Claire will also stop doing a bump of cocaine EVERY other paragraph. I’d say if you’re up for reading a mystery novel series, this would be great, but if you just want to read one neatly packaged mystery novel, this is not the one for you.
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: My dear little snow white, you aren’t exactly likeable. You don’t take crap from anyone and you often treat people as means to an end, so this shirt fits your frequent foul moods. These polka dot jeans are a throw back to the days when you’d just started solving mysteries when you still had a few drops of innocence.
These shoes! The perfect fit for a cover that is much happier-looking than you are. Your fingerprint iPhone case shows your attention to the details and gives you cred when men in bars don’t believe you’re a PI. This yellow bag is big enough for all of your Clues. The major Clue being your rocker ex-boyfriend’s keys–that have this guitar key chain attached.