Based on a true murder case, Sparks has spun a tale involving an Earl on the run, his doppelganger, and a fraudulent stigmatic turned psychiatrist. Entertaining and humorous in spite of the subject matter.
Not laugh-out-loud funny, as promised on the back of the book, but still an interesting read. Today was a snow day from work, so I sat and read the whole thing in one day (it's only 166 pages). You get sucked into it and you can't put it down because you want to figure out what all the characters have to do with each other. So, from that aspect, it's really good, but as far as the plot itself, it's pretty thin. It's based on a true case of a missing murderer, and that was intriguing, but the side love story and minor characters were a bit distracting.
A good enough read for a winter's day and one I'm not sorry to have read, but one I don't need to read again.
This was a charming and interesting story. A quick read, nothing too deep, but well-written and fun.
Not my favorite Muriel Spark (I much prefered The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) but I still found this an interesting read. From the descriptions I had read, I expected this to be lighter and zanier. While funny, it was rather dark and focused more on the psychology of the characters.