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Dor Does Books

Oh, hai! I read books, then I write down what I think of them. 

 

 

The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals - Wendy Jones

There is a lot to like about this book: it's charming and the opening scene is very engaging. My criticisms of it stem largely from what it *doesn't* do, rather than for things it does wrong.

 

It feels ungrounded in its setting - we're in 1924 but you'd barely know it, and the Wales we're given could be England. It lacks tension in places. Wilfred and Grace don't speak. When a conversation would solve a character's problems (or move the plot forward) there needs to be a good reason why it doesn't happen - or more of an impact of it not happening.

 

I felt it left one of the story lines dangling. I'm not a reader who demands everything be tied up neatly, quite the opposite, but this felt rather *too* unresolved maybe because the major confrontation happens offstage.

 

The first half was better than the second and I read the whole thing quickly, so it's three stars, but only just.