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Posted May 18, 2014
This book reads like one of those choppy 1960's art films that no one really enjoyed or understood, but lauded for the creative genius
of the director anyway.
The story had a lot of potential, but the writing is amateurish. Characters are under developed and unlikable.
The narrative consists of short disconnected scenes without any segue to help the story flow. And the plot? I'm not
quite sure there is one. This book is over populated with characters, and under written for any kind of motivation or insight
for much of the story.
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Posted April 23, 2014
It was a good, fuuny book from the start. It has humor, sex, romance, light murder-mystery book. I was disappointed in the ending. I want to read the next book, if there's one in print, to see what happens next. I do recommend it, especially if you've moved from a small hometown to a big city.
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Posted August 27, 2013
Posted June 9, 2014
3.5 stars. I am not the ideal audience for this book - I'm not a foodie, and I'm still
not a fan of mysteries (though I keep trying them anyway).
Set (mostly) in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Annie Graceland and her two best
friend sidekicks have come out from L.A. as a "celebrity" judge for the first
annual (yes, we all know it should be inaugural) Hot Guys contest. There's a
shooting, missing luggage, and a murder, and a ghost who wants Annie to
solve his murder. There's margarita cupcakes (which made my mouth water
despite me not being a foodie) and many other delicious-sounding foods and
drinks described, WITH recipes. There's an angsty grown daughter-mother
dynamic that many readers could recognize, something of a love triangle, and
hot guys described parading in evening suits and swimsuits with the names of
their cities on them: Mr. Wisconsin Dells, Mr. Madison, Mr. Milwaukee, and
more. That part was especially fun for me, since I'm originally from those parts,
myself. I cracked up about Mr. Bitterhausen's talent, for that part of the
There was a lot of going back to high school, either literally, to the physical
building, or in terms of old grudges or old flames, that felt forced for a character
who's supposed to be twenty years or so past high school.
All in all, a fun, quick read that'll make you smile and sometimes laugh out loud.
Posted June 1, 2014
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