I delved into Katherine Govier’s The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel because of a recommendation algorithm through one of the ebook reader apps I use. It seemed a likely recommendation, a Canadian historical whodunit, by an accomplished author publishing with a large house.
It would seem, however, in this evolving era of communication, the accepted recommendation isn’t necessarily a good recommendation.
Set near the turn of the 20th century in Canada’s Rocky Mountain Bow Valley, the story revolves around a fossil-hunting expedition gone horribly wrong, a snowstorm that swallows the entire crew, and the subsequent lingering stain of suspicion.
All the makings of an engrossing tale, which at first Govier’s tale proves. That engagement wanes after the first third of the novel, and then mires itself in political machinations which do little to explore the real story of this tragic expedition. And for this reader, after that descent into seemingly shallow and irrelevant political meanderings, all interest evaporated, leaving the ending like a firecracker that failed to fizz and pop.
All together a somewhat beige but adequate tale. Your mileage may vary.by