Larger Than Deathby Lynne Murray
Meet Josephine Fuller, a sleuth of size who doesn't apologize. Larger Than Death introduces "Jo" Fuller, full-figured and full of attitude with abundant sleuthing skills. In Larger Than Death Joe takes time off from her new job checking out potential charities for an eccentric socialite and walks into a murder scene. Her best friend and early role model, Nina -- a plus-sized clothing designed -- lies slain in her own apartment. Was she the victim of a serial killer who targets voluptuous women? or is the murder personal? As Jo copes with her friend's murder, an unexpected romance and a bizarre host of neighbors, she races to find the killer before becoming the next victim.
Josephine's solid detective work is marred by too generous a use of coincidence in the murder plot. Maybe next time, if Murray (Termination Interview, 1988, etc.) shows her heroine actually on the job, she'll have a case more worthy of her talents.
- Pearlsong Press
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Meet the Author
Lynne Murray is the author of the award-winning Josephine Fuller, sleuth of size, mystery series, as well as the romantic comedy Bride of the Living Dead and paranormal adventure The Falstaff Vampire Files. Her humorous essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers. She lives in San Francisco.
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Having read several other Josephine Fuller mysteries, I was disapointed with the storyline and style of Larger Than Death. It is an obvious first novel with lots of room for improvement. The plot was trite with far too many coincidences. And as I do agree with the author that people should be respected no matter what their size, I did find it annoying to be preached to about the attractiveness of obese people. Lynne Murray's later novels tone down this message and it is much better conveyed.
I am not a reader of mystery novels, nor am I a fan of TV whodunnits. I must say that I found Larger Than Death enjoyable primarily because of the liveliness and clarity of the writing. This book is easy to read, and entertaining. The characters are all a bit odd,which is to say that they are portrayed honestly, and it is their idiosynchrasies and interactions which provide most of the amusement. I appreciated the references to religious cults and body acceptance. The murder mystery kept me guessing, but what kept me reading were the various little subcultures: the philanthropy foundation, the apartment house, the religious group, the diet guru and his followers. It wasn't easy keeping track of the characters and plotlines, but it was rewarding.
Larger Than Death is an entertaining way to spend a couple night's reading. The femme sleuth, Jo Fuller, is a full-figured woman whose best friend, also full-figured,has just been murdered. Jo vows to find the killer, but along the way several other victims fall prey. They don't fit the profile of previous victims, which now throws Jo for a loop. A cast of lively secondary characters adds color to the storyline. The one thing that keeps me from a 5-star review is the fact that about 1/2 way through the book, I'd pretty much figured out the culprit. That aside, I've ordered Ms. Murray's second book and am looking forward to reading it.