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Miami real estate broker and terminal anglophile, Alice Harte, falls for the wrong White Rabbit. Nigel Channing is an international conman with a gift for crafting Byronesque emails. He sweeps Alice off her feet and down a rabbit hole laden with mugs, thugs, and be-headers. Will Alice be able to keep her head when all about her are losing theirs? Are the cards stacked agai ...more
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published March 8th 2010 by Kindle Digital Services (first published March 2010)
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Cherie
Feb 26, 2015 Cherie rated it really liked it
It was a crazy story but I was very entertained. I listened to this from Audible with Karen Krause narrating. She pushed the star rating over to four. If I had read the book, it would have gotten three. The humor and the ditzy plot were a little too much at times but the narration carried me over the bumps.
AWIS! Hilarious! And wait until you find out about Lizzard Links!
TC
Dec 19, 2010 TC rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
It's been a long time since I read Alice in Wonderland but it didn't affect my appreciation of this book one bit. The main character, Alice, is a neurotic, germophobic, anglophile whose life has gone seriously off the rails. Her strange world is full of characters resembling those in Lewis Carroll's book and she's started seeing the Cheshire Cat. She works for a killer who litigates for a hobby, and is being leant on by the shady family of one of his victims to secure a confession from him and t ...more
Scott Collins
Jan 02, 2011 Scott Collins rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read the original Alice in Wonderland so I'm sure I missed some references, but I still very much enjoyed this book. Alice, a real estate broker, seeks to escape the clutches of her evil boss. She meets Nigel, an Englishman, online and runs off to be with him. As it turns out, his world seems just as chaotic as hers and she returns to the states to resolve her own problems. Filled with hilarious twists and turns as well as Alice in Wonderland references, The Secret Diar ...more
L.C. Evans
Dec 05, 2010 L.C. Evans rated it it was amazing
Heroine Alice Harte is a neurotic mess. She's germaphobic and hooked on Xanax. But who can blame her for her addiction? After a messy divorce, she ends up working for a psychopath who sues people to death when he can't get away with killing them. Alice is also an anglophile and when she meets Nigel online, he exactly fulfills her fantasy of a having a John Cleese type for a lover. Anxious to get away from her troubles at home, she flies to England to meet Nigel. She's in such a muddle from her p ...more
J.A. Clement
Jun 15, 2011 J.A. Clement rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
Stephanie Plums fans will love this entertainingly mad thriller-romance-comedy!

Written very much in the style of Janet Evanovitch, but with a strong dash of the surreal, The Secret Diary is an entertaining jaunt through a mad world of Miami real estate, pill-popping neuroses, TC's "Phantom fish-flingers" and would-be English Lotharios. Alice, the heroine, is a very engaging character; a tough, sassy woman whose efforts to sort her life out go strangely wrong and yet who manages to sort herself o
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Yvonne
Jul 08, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
I am loving the audio books by Barbara Silkstone.
Alice Hart finds herself in all sorts of trouble, after she thinks she is meeting the man of her dreams online.
She is so unhappy with her job, and wants so badly to get away from her awful boss, but he has no intentions of letting her go. He has all kinds of thugs around to do his dirty work. From judges to crazy, obnoxious women.
Alice thinks she is going to England to meet Nigal, and thats where the craziness begins. They are in and out of hotel
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Mary
Aug 15, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Barbara Silkstone's take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a fun adventure, a book filled with greed, murder, romance and comedy. Alice Harte is an extremely likeable character. She just wants what most women want: a good job, a nice place to live and someone to share her life with. Unfortunately when her job starts to go south because of her boss from hell, her life takes on a crazy spin. She finds romance via the internet with a mystery man who helps her escape her problems at home for ...more
Donna Fasano
Dec 06, 2011 Donna Fasano rated it it was amazing
This book was wild, outrageous fun! From page one of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters, Barbara Silkstone grabs the reader by the throat and hauls her along on a wild ride all the way to The End. The author has a strong, distinctive voice and uses words the way an artist uses paint. Like strokes of bold color, her descriptions create vivid and lively scenes and unforgettable characters that have stayed with me long after I put down the book. This is an amazing, r ...more
Marilyn
Aug 17, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I started this book and thought it would be a fairytale gone wrong. Its not. It turned out to be a very good mystery with greed, humor and romance thrown in. I have to say that I stayed as confused as the characters did in who was working with whom and who was the bad guy and the good guy. Usually you can tell who "dunnit" soon after all the pieces fall into place, but this one was totally different. You know who did it, you just had to figure out how they were gonna get him. Great read.
Sheila DeChantal
Apr 25, 2014 Sheila DeChantal rated it it was ok
I chose The Secret Diary Of Alice In Wonderland because it had a cute title and eye-catching cover. Perhaps a break down a rabbit hole could be a fun experience…

I however struggled with the strange connections, and found it hard to believe that someone as pretty as Alice would fall for someone the likes of Nigel Channing. ( I think that love of strong independent women characters kicked in here and I did not like Alice’s inability to find someone right for her) Once author Barbara Silkstone star
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Natasha
May 25, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like quirky like Plum, Dorsey, Moore, Hiassan
Recommended to Natasha by: the author
So far I have gone further into the rabbit hole with Silkstone. There are not only references to the Alice in Wonderland book, but to many other philanthropistic ideals. Can't wait to finish it up, review and post to all sites, and possibly interview the author, Barbara Silkstone. This was posted as a series so let us see where this Tim Dorsey meets Stephanie Plum kind of author has coming for us next.
Sibel Hodge
Feb 25, 2013 Sibel Hodge rated it it was amazing
What’s not to love about The Secret Diary of Alice ? It’s witty, fun, quirky with a great dose of mystery, romance, and comedy combined. I was brought up with John Cleese, and his sense of humour, so Nigel Channing absolutely nails it for me.

Fast-paced and climatic, you won’t be able to put this fabulous book down!
Ken Rossignol
Dec 11, 2011 Ken Rossignol rated it it was amazing
What a whacky book! This has got to be one of the most fascinating reads available today, and that is saying a lot as there are tons of good books on the market. I am through with this one and can't resist the chance to urge others to put reality on hold and grab this book...and run for the rabbit hole!
Rebyj
Mar 16, 2010 Rebyj rated it really liked it
Alice is a funny modern pill popping heroine and her adventures were SO funny. The action starts on page 1 and continues till the end. Very quirky suspsense/romance novel that was part American camp and part Monty Python'esque comedy.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 14, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
She's a real-estate broker and is running through a parking lot at a mall, trying to get away from a car, when she spots a cat with a human-like grin. Some guys grab her and throw her into the car and take off. One guy says he is an attorney and represents somebody named Marc Hare. He tells her she has to testify against her boss and for Hare, or she will be killed. He's also trying to find out about a company called Red Queen, Ltd.

She sees people as related to characters in Alice Wonderland, s
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Linda
Mar 05, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Alice Hart is an Alice In Wonderland nut. Everything in her life equates to something from AIW. This woman gets into more scrapes and situations than even Alice. She goes from one disaster to another. It's a riot!
Terry Parrish
Feb 02, 2014 Terry Parrish rated it it was amazing
Hah! Poor Alice. She had more problems than Carter had liver pills. I seriously think she was a magnet for it, and none of her own doing. Seems everyone except a couple of people wanted her gone, permanently. But, she had her own ways of dealing with it. And lets face it, Nigel did not help what-so-ever. Believe he made it worse. I have to say this was a funny read, except for the rabbits. That was disgusting. But overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced, funny and at ...more
Grace Krispy
Jul 18, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it really liked it
This quirky, outlandish, and unpredictable book takes the reader places that are both unexpected and ridiculous. Written as somewhat of a parallel to Alice in Wonderland's zany adventure, each chapter starts with a fitting phrase from Lewis Carroll's classic that mirrors the happenings in Alice Harte's life. When reading this book, just as when reading the original "Alice," one has to suspend all logic and just let the wave take you where it will. Barbara Silkstone manages to weave details from ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Barbara Silkstone's quirky new novel is a tribute to the genius of the Lewis Carrol classic, Alice in Wonderland.
Alice, aged 42 and 3/4, is caught between her homicidal real estate boss and his rival, out for revenge of the beheading of his brother. Desperate to avoid Tweedledee and Tweedledum and to keep her head, Alice decides to escape to England and during her online search for a hideaway meets Nigel, a (possibly) handsome British charmer who offers to fulfil all her dreams. Alice quickly d
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Gaele
Dec 15, 2013 Gaele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, audio-book
AudioBook Review
Stars Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland Aged 42 and Three Quarters is clever, funny, solidly voiced and presents a modern-day twist for Alice all grown up. The second of Silkstone’s titles that I have reviewed in Audio form, the narration provided by Karen Krouse managed to voice Alice with panache and provided an interesting twist with accented wise guys, and smooth delivery of the written words.

The story cleverly places our Alice, a slight
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AJ Best
Jul 23, 2011 AJ Best rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll tell you now, I judged a book by its cover. How could you not want to read a book with this rabbit on the front?


So now that you know I'm a judger, let me tell you my thoughts and feelings on the book. Ms. Silkstone has done a great job. She grabbed me right off the bat and made me fall in love with her writing and her characters. I could really see myself jumping into Alice and having her attitude problem (I think that's why I love her so much!) with the world. I'm just saddened that Nigel
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C.L. Bevill
Dec 31, 2011 C.L. Bevill rated it liked it
I love the cover. Alice lives in Miami and is embroiled with realtor/gangstas. Also she sees the chesire cat occasionally and compares her life to Alice in Wonderland. (It's a gimme from the title.) She signs up on the net to find a hot Englishman, because she's enamored of all things English. Then things really go south. Liked the sense of humor. Liked that the heroine wasn't a bunny humping nineteen. (Pun intended.) But it was slow going in the first 2/3rds. Once our spunky little Alice got he ...more
Marcus
May 29, 2016 Marcus rated it really liked it
This book grabbed my attention by the title alone. It is comprised of a complicated plot, with an even more complicated herione, but the laughs and humor keep coming. Some of the situations are a little over the top, but overall it is a good book to read.
Julie
Jun 02, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok
Tried way too hard. It could have been a pretty decent book had she not tried to hard to reference Alice in Wonderland in every paragraph and just let the story unfold as a modern day Alice.
Michelle
Feb 16, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
Didn't enjoy this story. It was just odd & didn't make much of any sense. I guess the author meant to do that, since it's a spin-off of 'Alice in Wonderland', but I really just didn't like this.
Bren
Feb 08, 2013 Bren rated it did not like it
I'm not sure where to start. I'm aware that it was meant to be funny, but I didn't find anything funny about it, anywhere. I love Janet Evanovich. I have laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my cheeks from her novels. This, though, didn't even produce a silent chuckle.

It was extremely confusing, boring and I questioned why I was still reading. I came to realize I kept reading it to find out what Nigel's deal was.

I have read many great reviews on this, which have left me confused. I
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Crystal Vogel
Jul 22, 2014 Crystal Vogel rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this story; I love Alice in Wonderland, but I just could not get into it. I found the main character to be annoying, and her personality seemed to switch around depending on the circumstance. For example, when she tells her daughter she "met someone on the internet" her daughter expresses concern regarding her trusting nature, but only a few moments later someone (I don't remember who) comments on her naturally suspicious nature. I also felt like the author was trying to ...more
Linda
Dec 06, 2013 Linda rated it did not like it
I made through 26% of the book, before I invoked my "Life is too short to waste reading bad books" rule.

I don't understand all the comparisons to Janet Evanovich. Her characters have actual personalities, and are full of interesting and amusing quirks.. This book's heroine is a neurotic sad case who supposedly works full-time for a thug, but does not do any discernible thing in the office other than deal with the thug's even more disturbed wife.

I simply don't care what happens in this book. It w
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Abigail
May 06, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
Shelves: retold-stories
I really enjoyed reading this book. I only gave it 4 stars though, because in the electronic edition I purchased, there were grammatical problems. However, I overlooked them. I loved how the personalities of characters from the original novel were woven into the characters of this work. I thought the references to the original work were great. I also loved how each section started with a quote from the original work as well. It made me want to read "Alice in Wonderland" all over again. This was ...more
CatBookMom
Free/cheapie ebook from Amazon last fall. I was looking for something to catch my interest last night at oh-dark-hundred, and the first 10% or so was sort of interesting. A couple of hours later, done, though I skimmed in the middle, all around Europe, yada yada.

Alice was such a sucker!! The middle of this, after she got together with Nigel, dragged and dragged and she was awfully slow to figure out what was happening. The last 20% or so was pretty decent. 2.5 stars
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