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Posted November 2, 2003
To the well once too often?
As a fan who eagerly awaits the next entry in the Jane Jeffy series, I was very disappointed with this book. The humor and sparkle of earlier books in the series just wasn't there this time. While plausibility has never been a requirement of this series (and the implausibility has been part of the fun of the series) 'Seven Mabels' goes too far in search of a setting for a mystery. Jill Churchill might benefit from rereading some of the earlier entries and reacquainting herself with what sold the readers on Jane, Shelly and Mel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2002
Churchill still delivers
Jill Churchill still delivers a good cozy mystery in this installment of the Jane Jeffries series. The situation was quite different from the other books in the series. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough of Jane's family and Mel, which I have always found to provide some of the best humor in these books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2002
Is the author running out of ideas for Jane Jeffry?
I was very disappointed in this latest entry in the Jane Jeffry series. It seemed as if the author was reaching for ways to get Jane and her best friend Shelly involved in a new mystery. They have been asked to decorate a house that is being renovated and they spend the entire book waffling over whether they should or not. It seems to me that they spend far too much time working on a job they are not sure they will take in the end. Also, a message is left by Jane's sister and the author spends too much time on a plot point that never pans out. Why is she even mentioned if we never find out why she called? Finally, Jane spends most of her time working on a program that inspires her to get to work on her novel. Is it important that we know exactly how her protaginist's house will be set up? The ending has little suspense and almost no lead up to the who is in 'who-dun-it'. (I also found a couple of glaring errors in sentence structure/grammar in the book that shouldn't have made it past editors.) In all, I hope to be able to get my money back and I will think twice before buying the next Jane Jeffry non-mystery!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2002
I love Jane Jeffrey!
This was a wonderful book! I have all of the Jane Jeffrey mysteries and love each one. I was so excited when I saw this hardback in the store. I shared this series with a friend and she read all of the books in about 2 1/2 weeks - she loved them too! Jane and Shelley are great friends and I enjoy spending time with them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2002
A REALLY FUN COZY!
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, they don't get any better than this one. It was a totally enjoyable, fun book with enough of suspense to keep my interest. I promise you'll like it a lot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
cerebral yet lighthearted amateur sleuth
After her husband died, Jane Jeffrey was left to bring up their three children alone. Now her eldest son is in his second year of college while her only daughter is a senior in high school and the youngest child is in ninth grade. She along with her neighbor and best friend Shelley suffer from a form of empty nest syndrome and want to do something interesting with their free time. <P>When Bitsy Burnside contacts them to decorate a dilapidated old Victorian house, Shelly is intrigued and Jane sees the possibilities. However from the first day they enter the house things go wrong. When the contractor is found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs, Jane knows that somebody killed her. However, whom is nearly impossible as the victim was such an obnoxious individual, there is a plenty of suspects. Soon a series of malicious pranks occur and nobody knows who is behind them or if it was the same person who killed the contractor. <P>Anyone who likes a cerebral amateur sleuth novel with little violence will want to read THE HOUSE OF SEVEN MABELS. This is a lighthearted cozy, the perfect book for beach reading. The friends of Jane and Shelly come across as real and believable while the story line is filled with enough unexpected twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages. Jill Churchill imbues her plot with enough humor to have her audience chuckling out loud. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.