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Posted March 21, 2006
Mossy-Car-Classic Sunk In Sea-Treasure-Bliss
What I like most about Archy is his warm nonchalance contrasted with his old money manners and deference to his father. I very much enjoy being around for the daily routine luxuries of a casually (yet hugely) wealthy family, whose members have their professional lives and leisure activities precisely balanced for appropriate rhythms in living the good and useful life. It¿s also interesting to ride along in the mind of a semi-playboy, privy to his ways of looking at and reacting to females who step into his presence. I have fun wondering how Sanders will jump start my reading rhythm through Archie in each book. In PUZZLE, Sanders gave Archie a shocking slap across the chops in LUCK Sanders stepped Archie out onto the page lamenting cat vomit having spoiled a favorite lavender suede shoe. Actually, Archie wasn¿t lamenting the vomit as much as the cat who did it. Of course the cat, Peaches, wasn¿t the who DONE it. Generally, cat¿s don¿t murder people, they kill rats. Mostly what sticks in my mind from in this one is the dramatization of a type of simple daily routines of a life which I¿d never be able to experience except between the covers of a healthy escape novel. I enjoy being Archy¿s sidekick and daily guest for dinner and cocktails, along with feeling sympathy for his vulnerability of wanting to impress his ¿cool as a cucumber¿ pater. Since alcohol hasn¿t agreed with me since I was nine and permanently lost 3/4 of my liver from a deadly bout of hepatitis, and since I¿ve cared deeply for a few too many alcoholics, I¿ve never been able to enjoy the spirit of alcohol, as I sometimes wish I could. In Archie¿s world, I can sip vintage wine with dinner, without fear or cost. Such a deal. Oh to have a gourmet chef in residence in a manse in Florida and freely (with $$$ no object), fearlessly eat and drink like that! What a life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2002
this book was a very excellent example of an intricate murder plot. with so many suspects, you could never pin down the actual killer. the author leads you down one path, then automatically changes your mind. i was very impressed since i can usually pin down the murderer before the book ends. but this story keeps you guessing until the last two chapters. i also enjoyed the portrayal of the aristocracy of society in laverne and harry willigan. they were the picture perfect,stereotypical, rich couple. also the psychic hertha gloriana and her husband and mother were portrayed beautifully. a very believable and sophisticated read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.