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The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman
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This heartwarming cozy mystery is surprising uplifting; it certainly raised my spirits. The trio of seniors starring in this novel are so unafraid to expose their vulnerabilities to each other, so honest, yet so persevering. They have to deal with bullying and intimidation and slander, just as much as do schoolkids or adults in their 20's or 30's. Apparently the drive to bully and intimidate doesn't recede with advancing age. Marcy, Celia, and Deb are far from perfect, of course, but they are each vibrantly human, and are each aspects of contemporary female life. Deb, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was dumped by her controlling husband; Celia, who has suffered from depression, was shunted aside from her daughter Allison by her controlling late husband, who left her scarcely provided for; and Marcy, who once left her family for a guru, finds love in all the wrong places, even at age sixty-five. What draws them together are not only similar pasts, but emotional authenticity, and a shared love for cha-cha. These ladies are truly inspiring. See if this novel doesn't lift your spirits, while you puzzle out the mystery of too many demises in one small retirement community, along with these three women who are thrust into sleuthing in order to clear their reputations.
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