kellylink gave me this to read, and I'm having an interesting reaction to it. I dead loved the first half--it's witty, engaging, fast paced, and sharp. The protagonist is delightful, in a cynical, bitter, incisive sort of way that I suspect ladegard would love.
And then it falls apart at the seven furlong post. The middle is a muddle, as it were, and the ending winds up feeling very arbitrary--I'm pretty sure the author had lost track oif what the plot was, and was breaking things with the idea of making sense of them later--and at a certain point it stops being a mystery/character study and starts being a screwball comedy with occasional dead bodies.
She pulled it out at the end, though, and managed not to go where I thought she was going thematically, and for that I forgive her.
Also, for the really snappy clever writing, which is just a joy to experience.