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Ibiza Surprise (Johnson Johnson #2)

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Originally published as Dolly and the Cookie Bird

A young English girl, refusing to believe her father committed suicide, turns the exotic island of Ibiza upside down as she breezes through a maze of double-crossing, industrial espionage, violent death, and people who are not what they appear, to a rousing climax during the macabre rites of the island's native Holy Week. -
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 27th 1994 by Random House UK (first published January 1st 1970)
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Sep 18, 2016 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Things are not exactly as they appear to be in the title: Dolly is not the heroine of the story but a sailing yacht, and the cookie is not an exotic tropical bird but the Hon. Sarah Cassells, a young lady in search of a wealthy husband with a side business in haute-cuisine and a vested interest in murder investigations. Bifocal glasses also play a major part in the plot.

Dorothy Dunnett is one of the best writers of historical epics ever. Her "Lymond Chronicles" and "House of Niccolo" books
The second Johnson Johnson story. Tighter than the first outing, and again as much a character study of the main female character as anything else (this time a young woman raised in rich circles, but with not much money of her own). I can see why the series is compared to the Campion novels, although the focus is far less on Johnson than Allingham's are on Campion.
So after I finished rereading "Queens' Play" and found myself wanting more Dunnett but not yet ready to face "Disorderly Knights", I went for one of her modern-day mysteries, which I am slowly collecting as they turn up in Armchair Books, and even more slowly reading because once I'm done, there will be no new Dunnetts out there for me at all.

Each of these is in a different first-person POV, and the one in this one is particularly delightful ("I like my horizons horizontal. I always have."), wit
BOTTOM LINE: #2 Johnson Johnson, trendy pop/art scene on the Spanish island of Ibiza; upper class amateur sleuth; The young-and-Honourable Sarah has come to Ibiza to find out why her wastrel father seems to have committed suicide in an extremely awkward - and embarrassing - manner. Daddy didn’t have any money, but he *did* always have nice manners, and something doesn’t ring true....

Another beautifully wry, slyly deprecating romp concerning the lovely Johnson, a famous painter and yachtsman (wi
Jul 10, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Cassells, the narrator of Ibiza Surprise (originally published as Dolly and the Cookie Bird, as Sarah is a cook) is one of the most likeable heroines of a Johnson Johnson mystery to date. She's fun funny, just the right amount of frivolous, and a wonderful narrator. The story takes place in Ibiza, Spain, where Sarah is attempted to come to terms with the death of her father, all while trying to find a suitable husband and keep apace of the fierce British society in which she lives. It's al ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Janny added it
Complex mystery with deep and dimensional characters, a highly original style, and layers and layers of cultural inference and meaning. Avoid skimming, be prepared to think, and encounter a read with nearly unparalleled, poetic richness - like no other.
Sep 22, 2016 Ardith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, adventurous, heady and downright glorious

Author Dunnett is really the best user of the English language. She uses words so well you can picture being there. Her characters are brassy and ridiculous. The places she takes you are unique. Always a good read.
May 10, 2011 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok - didn't love it, didn't hate it. The style is kind of fun to read, but also hard to follow at the same time -- I don't know my Swinging 60's slang. =)

If you like mysteries, check it out for a change.

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Dorothy Dunnett OBE was a Scottish historical novelist. She is best known for her six-part series about Francis Crawford of Lymond, The Lymond Chronicles, which she followed with the eight-part prequel The House of Niccolò. She also wrote a novel about the real Macbeth called King Hereafter (1982), and a series of mystery novels centred around Johnson Johnson, a portrait painter/spy.

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