The Van Alst mansion is a character itself more than a setting. That immediately put my hackles up, but she quickly overcomes this admission by proving herself generally intelligent and a true bookworm. I loved the narrator's voice, loved the plot, loved the true interwoven historical details, I even loved how they worked in a believable setting in our modern technologically advanced age! A previous employee was killed in an accident? Did Agatha Christie leave an unpublished work behind? How long will the file be downloaded? The mystery is armed with tricks and exceptionally well developed, like every other aspect. I would like to ride a cable car! She doesn't take stupid chances or walk alone into dark forests. I think this was a good first book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. On the surface this looks like preamble but it does manage to present a situation that suggests conflict, being desperate to find a new place and a character in the form of a sour face. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book. Nothing stops them from fulfilling Smiley's secondary purpose of visiting San Francisco - reuniting with his estranged grandmother. She needs to get out from under her uncles' eyes, and to pay off her monstrous student loans. If we find we can't put it down, we might just review the whole first chapter.
The uncles were actually my favorite characters. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. The story still had quite a lot to recommend it. I didn't know what had the most impact: the rosewood shelving, the rolling library ladders, the mezzanine floor with the ornate spiral wrought-iron staircases at each end, the carved moldings, the scent of well-loved books, or the silky Aubusson rugs in a soft faded palette of rose, sage and aqua. These questions and more pepper Jordan's thoughts as she finds herself in a real-life murder mystery. Not the most friendly person and most of the town hates her, but she has this wonderful library.
I hope it's just that she hasn't hit her stride yet. I couldn't wait to read the next titles in the series and I wasn't disappointed with them. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and so when I saw the title and the concept of this book, I instantly knew I had to read it. There's just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst--the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card-stealing ex and pending grad school loans. She divorced the unfaithful rat in 1928 and re-married two years later, having a delightful life with her new husband, Max Mallowan, a British Archaeologist. Also I love Dashiell Hammett and that's book five.
At some point the library will probably want it back! She takes a job and then admits to reading more than. But I greatly enjoyed the characters, the humor, and the setting upstate New York; more specifically, the heroine gets to live in the garrett of a mouldering mansion--okay, that too may be far-fetched, but I was jealous. In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared--making headlines across the world--only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. Abbott creates a cast of characters who are entertaining and intriguing - a research assistant with gusto, a male librarian on speed dial, an Italian cook with endless energy, several uncles with unlimited resources, and a mysterious cop with a killer smile. The woman was relentless in a completely endearing way. In the end, only Agatha knew exactly what happened and she never spoke about it. So when Chadwick Kauffman—heir to the Kauffman fortune—offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea.
So if a book sounds fun to you, certainly give it a try! I won't give specifics, to avoid anything I'm in a bit of a conundrum about how to review this book. The added bonus is the humorous situations in which Jordan finds herself. Jordan Bingham finds her perfect job that also includes accommodations which is good because she also needs a place to stay since she just moved back to Harrison Falls. The plotting is excellent and keeps the reader engaged. The interesting part of it is the employer wants an Ag 5. Please use a nickname or your first name and last initial unless you are an author and want your full name to appear. Verdict: Pass barely Sincerely, Theodore Moracht This blog offers critiques only of the immediate opening, and material is judged on the basis of how it holds up all on its lonesome, without the marketing, the hype or the blurb that insists on usually despite the beginning a mind-blowing story and awesome premise that will leave you begging for more.
So when she parlays her experien I have admittedly been on a Cozy Mystery reading jag. Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. In fact, can't think of any books I would listen to again but a couple. Looking forward to reading more! During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play? How shall I describe what makes it a winner? I am a mystery columnist for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, and ReadertoReader. She soon realizes that there is someone out there willing to kill to keep the play out of the hands of her new employer. Finally, the book suffers from a heroine whose main method of solving crime involves randomly accusing people who obviously didn't do it. Old mansion, supercilious employer, crazy Uncles with questionable business practices, psychotic cats and a few trusty friends can all be found in Harrison Falls.
Still, I did enjoy the book quite a bit. And even more obviously, it isn't the hot detective, because I'm pretty sure it is written in stone somewhere that Hot Detectives are for Romance and never for Murder. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play? She discovers that her predecessor had been killed, people are getting attacked and as usual, the twists and turns keep you guessing whodunit to the very end. Jordan interviews for the position at the Van Alst estate with Vera Van Alst, the most hated woman in Harrison Falls. Not all of these are Cozies — but this entry focuses on Agatha Christie, perhaps the most definitive Cozy Mystery author of all time. There were also things that didn't work for me. We wish we could tell you what is happening with the series.