Mating Season isn't exclusively a novel about the solution to Kenji's murder, though the sleuthing is what keeps the book on the move. It's equally a novel that gets maximum mileage out of the place where the story is set, namely Provincetown and the surrounding Cape Cod territory, and out of the local cop who is assigned to the case, the grouchy but engaging Frank Coffin.
I made the mistake of griping about mine in what was supposed to be a private email but accidentally got posted to a list where a reviewer with a similar name hung out. (The error in posting was mine.) It was one of those moments when you wish the ground would open up and swallow you. Especially since my publisher is too small for MWA to count them on their approved publisher list, the only reviews I can get are online ones. These are folks it pays not to antagonize, when you're in that position, because they do talk to each other about the authors who tick them off.
I still feel that talking back is a viable option--I'm just not happy with the way I chose to do it. What I dislike is the casually snarky review; I'm not crazy about the smugly patronizing review, either. Writers of such reviews deserve a swift kick in the ass, but for me the question is how it's best administered. Probably not on crimespace or Twitter, although there might be a way to do it better than my attempt today. What I don't want is to appear to be picking on someone who's powerless to respond, but of course Ms. Whatshername will always have the option of going after me next time around. In fact, I'd be kind of disappointed if she didn't. But yeah, it would suck to be entirely at the mercy of online reviewers.