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Posted June 5, 2003
A Prequel to the other Dolly Books.
Once you realize that the book is a prequel to the other Dolly books, a lot of it starts to make more sense. In this book we hear a little bit about the accident that killed JJ's wife and the damage it did to him. We also meet a very interesting Bird - a makeup artist no less. Her hair colour changes with the weather in the book, and that is where she gets the name 'bird of paradise'. Rita is quite a gal! As she says 'wee', but mighty. There is a lot of confusion in the story, and it takes some sharp interpretations to stay ahead of the enigmatic Johnson, and I have to admit that I didn't succeed when it came to the discovery of Rita's origin. But we visit Madeira, Barbados and St. Lucia and that is a wonderful thing. The book bears the Dunnett trademarks - bright dialogue, exotic settings, cheerful characters (though with more secrets than we can imagine). A pretty wild ride overall!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.