Book Review: To Have and to Hoax

I picked up To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters to try to get out of my pattern of just reading mysteries, and it worked, even though it was just OK. The blurb I read said this was about a Regency couple who fell out, and then engaged in a battle of hoaxes to try to get back at each other. It sounded funny and silly, but it doesn’t quite live up to the promise.

I think I expected a bit more slapstick humor, but for a variety of reasons (I don’t want to spoil the plot), that doesn’t happen. The first hoax is a true hoax, and is as outlandish as expected, but the rest isn’t all that funny or crazy. Honestly–it’s HARD for a writer to be funny, so I’m never terribly surprised when books aren’t as funny as the blurbs promise, but it’s still a little disappointing. If you want a light read with a happy ending, though–maybe a last vacation read before the end of summer–this would be a good choice.

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