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Old World Murder (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

Old World Murder - Kathleen Ernst While the general story in this book was very well thought out and executed, I found the main character, Chloe Ellefson, totally unlikeable. As a general rule I don't like reading about characters with heavy depression problems. I've dealt with enough in my own life, first as a kid growing up with a mother who suffered from it terribly in a time when you just didn't talk about those things or see a psychiatrist and then developing the problem myself as a teenager. I felt the subject could have been dwelled on a bit less and the book might have been better for it. But that's not the reason I didn't like Chloe. She just wasn't a nice person and she was running around doing all this "investigating" when she should have been putting some time in on the new job she had just gotten. And one particular incident just didn't sit well with me. She destroyed the personal property of another employee when the other person wasn't around because she didn't like what she thought it represented. Exploitation and degradation is in the eye of the beholder and during the time setting of this story it was perfectly fine to display this particular item where it was displayed. They were all over the shop at the company where I worked at the time and I was never bothered by them, and don't particularly care for being fed the idea that I should have been offended. Anyway, decent overall story, unlikeable characters.