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DEAD AS A SCONE by Janet & Ron Benrey

By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 26 April 2011

I’ve just finished Janet & Ron Benrey’s book DEAD AS A SCONE which is about an American Ph.D. working in a Tea Museum in Tunbridge Wells, UK. I drink tea, not coffee, and found the discussions about tea extremely interesting, but there were some issues.

I read the story in ebook format and nearly tossed the book because the italic font was several point sizes larger than regular font. By the time I got well into the book, the other font formatting got wild as well. I NEARLY tossed the book because professionally I deal with formatting and editing and it drove me NUTS. I wrote about this on DL before and one author asked about the publisher, because she’d noticed that authors themselves tended to take more care. The publisher in this case has several authors and and they should definitely have known better.

However, back to DEAD AS A SCONE. The beginning has some pleasurable twists and the plot is quite involved. I liked the protagonist characters which seems to be something I care about. Other characters were cleverly drawn, sometimes quite amusingly. The story is not ENTIRELY cozy, but it gets close, too close for me, particularly toward the end where the world wraps up too predictably. I enjoy being not much worried reading some stories, but this was a bit too excessive.

I would recommend the story as nicely enjoyable for the first 90%.

By Janet & Ron Benrey
© 2004
Greenbrier Book Company

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In fairness to the author, I am printing an amendment to my earlier post. Ron Benrey wrote to me and said that ALL of his ebooks work out okay on the devices they have been tested on. He is supposing the problem is coming from something which B&N did to the ebook. I offered to see if I had the same problem with an ebook sent directly to me, but Ron did not take me up on my offer. He agreed that he would investigate with B&N.

So, Ashley McConnell was quite right--it's not the authors who look like the blameworthy; that award may go to the publishers or perhaps, even, the technology. But I think that authors, in general, might want to do dedicated followup after an ebook has been released--losing even one reader for really dumb reasons (which aren't even the author's fault), is one reader too many.

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