Following Polly: A Novel

Following Polly: A Novel

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by Karen Bergreen
     
 

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Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker?  Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson?  No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother.

Besides, everyone follows Polly: her business selling high-end lingerie you can imagine only her elegant self wearing, her

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Overview

Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker?  Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson?  No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother.

Besides, everyone follows Polly: her business selling high-end lingerie you can imagine only her elegant self wearing, her all-over-the-social-pages marriage to movie director Humphrey Dawson, her chic looks, her wardrobe. Alice just follows her a little more….closely.

And when she loses her job and starts to follow Polly Dawson one Manhattan autumn afternoon, Alice stumbles on the object of her attention sprawled dead on the floor of a boutique.  Alice is forced to become truly beneath anyone’s notice. Invisible, in fact. Because she’s accused of murder.

But can another obsession help save Alice with the fallout?  Charlie is Alice’s longtime unattainable crush.  He might be able to help her out of the mess she’s in…in return for a favor or two, that is.    And how will Alice find out if Charlie is really the man Alice thinks he is?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s like Comedy Central picked up Law & Order for an episode in standup comic and ex-lawyer Bergreen’s breezy debut about a rootless, jobless, and loveless snoop in search of her “lifelong dream.“ Fired from a crappy job with a selfish, nasty casting director, Alice Teakle begins obsessively stalking Harvard frenemy Polly—and winds up the top suspect in her murder. But that’s where the fun begins: slipping out of police custody, Alice begins stalking Charlie, her college-days romantic fantasy who she hopes can save her from prison. Charlie takes her in, forging a deal that he’ll help get her off the murder hook if she helps out with a problem his father’s having. But Charlie and Alice sweetly discover a far deeper need of each other. Bergreen makes good use of her comedic skills and varied professional background to create a sharp whodunit that combines edgy thrills with a wicked sense of humor and an endearing heart of gold. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
In her debut as a novelist, Bergreen attempts a comic murder mystery cum romance about a young woman who comes under suspicion when the semi-celebrity she's been stalking is murdered. Despite her Harvard pedigree, her great looks and a pitch-perfect memory for details that would make her an ideal private eye, 32-year-old Manhattanite Alice is a self-proclaimed sad sack without professional ambition or a love life-she has had a crush on a man she's called Charlie since college even though he doesn't know she exists. Within hours after Alice is fired from her latest job, she begins to follow Polly, a woman she has hated and envied since their student days. Always the golden girl, as well as stereotypical mean girl, Polly is now married to a famous movie director and heads her own wildly successful lingerie company. For weeks Alice trails Polly to various appointments, some obviously trysts, and finally into a boutique dressing room where she finds Polly's dead body. Soon Alice is a suspect on the lam. In desperation she turns to Charlie (real name Walter) whom she has seen in a restaurant talking to one of the policemen on her trail. A lawyer, Charlie/Walter has been trying to clear his father's name after a scandal. With his legal and her instigative skills, they work together to prove that both innocent parties are blameless. It's no surprise when romance blooms. Meanwhile, the murderer strikes again, killing Alice's former boss, a casting director deeply involved in the movie Polly's husband has been directing. The author loads her story with a jarring mix of comic and melodramatic details, from Alice's blind date with Walter/Charlie's father to her life among the homeless to the dated, bordering on homophobic, motive given to the murderer. Although Bergreen is a professional comedian, the humor falls flat while the mystery lacks punch because neither the characters nor the author seem to take it seriously.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429921251
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
673,384
File size:
1 MB

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