2017-08-06 16:17:36 UTC
One book that I've had on my TBR queue for a long time finally
got read. "Death of the Couch Potato's Wife" wasn't the humorous
cozy that the title suggested. Yes, it was a cozy, but told with
little humor and more of what seems to be termed "inspirational"
commentary where inspirational is a code word for religion, usually
Christian. Not what I want in my cozies or even other genres.
The mystery was okay, but with few real clues to follow for the
reader and lots of red herrings. At least it's out of the virtual
pile and no longer taking up space on my Kindle.
Several Miss Henrys have brightened my reading pleasure and pulled
me in. I really like main characters and their background in these.
I think I identify with Miss Henry since I tend to be the analytical
and independent type as she is portrayed and appreciate a character
who doesn't constantly require bailing out by others from her adventures.
The author has begun including sketches and drawings as tie-ins to
the story lines. The ones in #9 "Modern Art" were especially funny
since they all contain a cat that was drawn in a setting in the
style of a famous modern artist. It was a clever touch and worked well
with the story. Good murder mystery too.
The real find this week was "The Player" by Brad Parks. It's another
of my dollar store finds and is easily the pick of the litter so
The main character is an investigative reporter with a Newark, NJ,
daily newspaper. At first he begins following a lead about a group
of people in a southside neighborhood who have been coming down
with illnesses, starting with flu-like symptoms and then ranging
from broken bones to renal failure. Before he can get too involved
in the details of that story, his editors put him on another: the
murder of a local commercial real estate developer who just happens
to own the property being developed near the neighborhood with the
unexplained illnesses. And we go from there.
The character is witty with a gaggle of personal problems that keep
barging into his work, and a cast of supporting characters that
keep things interesting. The mystery is a good one too.
No gore, no vivid sex scenes, and very little rough language, so while
not a cozy, it may be acceptable to those who don't like things too
crude or coarse.
I think there was a bit of continuity blip in the timing of the
murder and another event that was supposed to have occurred. It might
have just been an explanation that was edited out or a fact assumed
to have been obvious. It wasn't enough to ruin anything for me, so
I might just be over-reacting.
One other question I had that Francis might be able to explain for
me. The situation: Person A dies and his will leaves everything to
Person B. I was under the impression that if another person, oh let's
go with Person C dies *after* Person A but Person C has left all of
*his* estate to Person A, it does not automatically go to Person B
just because Person A has left all his stuff to him/her. The fact
that A pre-deceased C means that A could NOT inherit since he was
already dead and gone. But the book has that Person C's stuff goes
to Person B since he/she was Person A's heir. That just doesn't sound
right to me. An explanation from a knowledgeable source would be
If it makes any difference Persons A and C are related but Person B
is not related to either.
Now for the daunting task of deciding which of the books on the TBR
towers or virtual Kindle pile to read next.
Nyssa, who hopes that one of those book towers doesn't collapse
and injure an unshod foot one day