Words have power, and influence thinking, even in light, funny books. There’s no need to mock Celia’s size. There’s enough about her that’s awful and funny without bringing obesity into it. The author’s subliminal message, intended or not, is that’s it’s fine and funny to make fun of people because they are overweight. Similarly, in this crazy world of hate and prejudice, the arms dealer could have been from a country other than the Middle East, given the large number of Muslims in the U.S. who experience intolerance. I know, I know, PC. But omitting stereotypes wouldn’t have taken away from the book one iota.
I loved this series in the beginning. Fully dimensional characters. Binge reading in my recliner. I laughed and cried at the wit and humor of our heroines and the situations. Over the course of the series I noticed that fullness of characters especially Bertie became an limited shallow stereotype of a bumbling cosmic clown with an Arsenal. In the beginning she was so much more...I wonder if the need for sales and speed of production limited character development. Or did the author get tired. I quit reading and buying. Looking for another series, another writer.
I love this series and I liked (not loved) this book. I enjoy Ida Bells and Gertie's antics but there was just too many of them in this book and it got distracting to the story. I have read them all, and will continue to read them, but hope the ridiculous antics are cut back some.