I have always been very lucky with my reviewers and owe them a lot. PW has been wonderful, and so have the print reviewers, those talented people who write for newspapers. As we know, their jobs have been cut drastically as circulation has plummeted and the recession cut into advertising funds. Only a small handfull still work, and frequently (so I've been told by one of them) the choices of what they review are made for them. That means that bestselling authors are more likely to get reviewed than relative unknowns. I used to get a lot of reviews, witness the scrapbooks for my books. The first two are fat and bulging with pages. The next three are relatively slender. The one after that (my best book, too) is almost pathetically thin. I now have a new publisher, Severn House. They specialize in library sales and therefore look only to the trade journals for reviews. Well, there was the starred PW review, making me feel much better about things. Now Booklist has voiced their opinion. I must say, I'm a little disappointed. It sounds as though the reviewer expected a simple plotline and got frustrated with my rather complex novel. There is the odd note of surprise at the end that I actually managed to tie up all the ends.
All of my novels are complex. I think a good book should be. There should be a good deal more going on than a murder and its solution, but perhaps readers prefer their mysteries simple.