This is the second in the Hetta Coffey mystery series. Hetta is a delightful character. Single, intelligent, self-employed and independent, she livesThis is the second in the Hetta Coffey mystery series. Hetta is a delightful character. Single, intelligent, self-employed and independent, she lives on a boat moored in the Oakland area. In this book, Hetta and her best friend Jan and their boyfriends (brothers Jenks and Lars) had plans to sail down to Mexico. Upset when the two men suddenly disappear on a job, Hetta accepts an assignment in Baja. This means that she'll have to sail down there on her own, during hurricane season. Naturally, Hetta gets into all kinds of trouble, including an amorous whale, a shady group of Japanese investors, and two hurricanes.
It's been a long time since the last Thursday Next book. Something Rotten was published waaaay back in 2004, and Fforde apparently put Thursday on holIt's been a long time since the last Thursday Next book. Something Rotten was published waaaay back in 2004, and Fforde apparently put Thursday on hold while he published the two Nursery Crime books (The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear).
The story begins on Thursday's birthday. Although she dislikes celebrating her birthday, her husband Landen Parke-Laine has a gift for her before she leaves for her job at Acme Carpets, which is really a front for her old SpecOps department.
Landen is unaware that SpecOps hasn't really been disbanded, and the very complex plot of the book centres around what Thursday really does while Landen thinks she's installing carpets.
This is vintage Thursday Next. I've missed her and I'm happy she's back.
Wow! What a great book. I picked this up because so many people on DorothyL had recommended it,. When I first started it, I was a little unsure, but aWow! What a great book. I picked this up because so many people on DorothyL had recommended it,. When I first started it, I was a little unsure, but after a couple of chapters, I was hooked.
The story, which takes place in 1988, is written from the point-of-view of 25-year-old Madline Dare, who is living in Syracuse, NY with her husband. Dean, her husband, is an inventor, but makes a living working for the railroads, which involves a lot of travelling. As a result, Madeline, a fledgling reporter, is left on her own a lot, and she broods about how lonely she is and how much she hates Syracuse.
Having lunch with Dean's family one day, she learns about the unsolved murder of two unknown young women at the NY State Fair twenty years earlier. She's interested, but not unduly so. Not until someone shows her what was found at the scene of the crime: a pair of army dogtags, which had belonged to her cousin. She's sure that her cousin is innocent, and sets out to prove that he was not involved.
Read is a gifted writer, and I look forward to reading more of her work....more
Kinsey Millhone is back. It seems a long time since I've last seen her. I looked up the pub date of S is for Silence, and found it was released in DecKinsey Millhone is back. It seems a long time since I've last seen her. I looked up the pub date of S is for Silence, and found it was released in December 2005, so I guess I was right.
It's 1987, and Kinsey's elderly neighbour Gus Vronsky has had a fall and been hospitalized. Kinsey manages to track down his great-great-niece who lives in New York. She flies out to Santa Teresa and hires a home-aide, charging Kinsey with the responsibility of checking her references, telling her that only a basic check is necessary.
Busy with other cases, Kinsey does as she's asked. But Solana, the woman they've hired, turns out not to be as expected.
Great characterization here. Kinsey's life, while never boring, is particularly action-packed in this installment. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but that may just have been because I read the whole book in one day, and it was so enjoyable that having to stop was a let-down. ...more
Thirteen-year-old Penny Entwistle and her mother Ann Marie run a bed and breakfast inn in Prairie Bluff, Illinois.
Penny is forbidden to enter the wooThirteen-year-old Penny Entwistle and her mother Ann Marie run a bed and breakfast inn in Prairie Bluff, Illinois.
Penny is forbidden to enter the woods behind the house, and she assumes that it's just because of the danger of getting lost or meeting wild animals. But when Penny runs out of the house, upset because Ann Marie has given her room to a guest whose sobbing disturbs the other guests she learns otherwise.
Deirdre is only the latest Heroine to monopolize Anne Marie's attention, and the adolescent Penny is frustrated and angry. She rebelliously enters the woods and meets Conor, a knight from Celtic mythology who is searching for his betrothed, who just happens to be the young woman in Penny's room.
At first I wasn't sure what to think of this book, but I found myself reading eagerly to find out what happened next. The story was crazy, and over-the-top, but a lot of fun for someone like me who always wondered what it would be like to meet the heroines of my favourite novels....more
I was spurred to read Cattery Row by some reviews on DorothyL. It wasn't until I was halfway through it that I realized it was the second in a series,I was spurred to read Cattery Row by some reviews on DorothyL. It wasn't until I was halfway through it that I realized it was the second in a series, so of course I immediately checked Mew out of the library. Theda (short for Theodosia) Krakow is a freelance writer. It's been a rough few months for her: her boyfriend Rick took a job in another state, and her longtime cat companion James died.
She is just starting to come out of her mourning period (mostly for her cat), and see her friends again. A fan of alt rock, she loves to check out the many underground clubs in the Boston/Cambridge area where she lives.
Happening upon what she thinks is a stray kitten one day, she follows it to a house inhabited by an elderly woman who, it turns out, has many, many cats, which gives her the idea that she might do a story about cat hoarders. But later, when she goes over to the woman's house, she finds her dead in her kitchen.
Although the police seem convinced that the woman fell and hit her head, Theda and her friend Violet are convinced that it was murder. ...more