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The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters
     

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters

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by Barbara Silkstone
 
Miami real estate broker, Alice Harte's addiction to being right almost does her in when she falls for the wrong White Rabbit. Nigel Channing is an international conman with a gift for crafting Byronesque emails. He sweeps Alice off her feet and down a rabbit hole laden with mugs, thugs, and be-headers as they race one-step ahead of Nigel's enemies who now want

Overview

Miami real estate broker, Alice Harte's addiction to being right almost does her in when she falls for the wrong White Rabbit. Nigel Channing is an international conman with a gift for crafting Byronesque emails. He sweeps Alice off her feet and down a rabbit hole laden with mugs, thugs, and be-headers as they race one-step ahead of Nigel's enemies who now want Alice's head, too.

Will Alice be able to keep her head when all about her are losing theirs? Are the cards stacked against her or will she find true love? Is there a Joker in the deck?

A comedy thriller in the style of Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, and with touches of Monty Python. The adventure is inspired by the original Alice in Wonderland but with a totally different adult plot.

Editorial Reviews

Author of Belfast Girls - Gerry McCullough
In this thriller interwoven with characters based on Lewis Carroll's originals; and a heroine, Alice Harte, who has all the original Alice's naivety, intelligence and trustful expectation of good things to come, gives us a modern update of the classic which is packed with wit and excitement on every page and full of excellently drawn characters. Alice is a Stephanie Plum-like character, but far from being just a copy, Alice is an individual. If you enjoy Janet Evanovitch, you'll love "Alice."
Gerry McCullough
In this thriller interwoven with characters based on Lewis Carroll's originals; and a heroine, Alice Harte, who has all the original Alice's naivety, intelligence and trustful expectation of good things to come, gives us a modern update of the classic which is packed with wit and excitement on every page and full of excellently drawn characters. Alice is a Stephanie Plum-like character, but far from being just a copy, Alice is an individual. If you enjoy Janet Evanovitch, you'll love "Alice."
Gaele Hi
The story cleverly places our Alice, a slightly neurotic and germ phobic woman with a sassy sense of humor, a mouth that is engaged often before her brain and a penchant for all things British. The story just starts at a level 3 and ramps up from there, with references that are clever plays on the characters and references from the original Alice stories, a few I didn't realize just how clever until a few sentences later. Alice will never be the same.
I am, Indeed review blog - Gaele Hi
The story cleverly places our Alice, a slightly neurotic and germ phobic woman with a sassy sense of humor, a mouth that is engaged often before her brain and a penchant for all things British. The story just starts at a level 3 and ramps up from there, with references that are clever plays on the characters and references from the original Alice stories, a few I didn't realize just how clever until a few sentences later. Alice will never be the same.
Best Selling Author - Sibel Hodge
Witty, fun, quirky with a great dose of mystery, romance, and comedy combined. I was brought up with John Cleese, and his sense of humour, so Nigel Channing absolutely nails it for me. Fast-paced and climatic, you won't be able to put this fabulous book down!
Sibel Hodge
Witty, fun, quirky with a great dose of mystery, romance, and comedy combined. I was brought up with John Cleese, and his sense of humour, so Nigel Channing absolutely nails it for me. Fast-paced and climatic, you won't be able to put this fabulous book down!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011824456
Publisher:
Silkstone
Publication date:
03/11/2010
Series:
Silkstone Standalone Comedic Mysteries , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
357 KB

Meet the Author

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Praise for The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland:
“This wacky book is a delight. The author does a great job in providing cutting edge entertainment, weaving it all in a tall tale and at the same time making the farcical plausible. The fun, the play on words, the punastic delights run wild and the story hops on down the bloody, fishy, and stinky bunny trail. Well done and well worth your time to read this book.” ~The Shadow

“This book was a fun, fast paced read and almost as strange as the original AIW, in a good way. The climactic scenes in the courtroom were fascinating. The many threads of the story pulled together at the end came together smoothly and I really enjoyed it. I loved watching the courtroom scenes play out. Ohhh… the dirty little secrets all coming to light and taking out the bad guys one by one... great!” ~ Red Adept Reviews

“I love this story as much for the comedy as I do for the perfect characterization. These characters are just as mad and scary as the original Lewis Carroll characters. The humor is clean and perfectly in context with the characters delivering it, for example, Nigel Channing's British humor is very John Cleese and Kit the Drag Queen's take down of one of the corrupt lawyers is hilarious, a perfect ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ moment. This is a highly polished story and the author’s writing style is very easy to read and enjoy, which makes this the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon."
~ Mandy Ward, Author

Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched - shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”

This book contains a bonus excerpt from Wendy and the Lost Boys – the first book in the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series.

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The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
modmomma More than 1 year ago
i expected this to be horrific from the reviews but i actually think it was a decent book. it did hold my interest, had a lot of twists and a stack of insanity. maybe i've read too much douglas adams and terry pratchett or watched too much monty python but i enjoyed this book.
karencantwell More than 1 year ago
Alice Harte's problems begin when she's kidnapped by Marc Hare, a thug looking to bring down her less-than-honest boss, Leslie Archer. She's let go on the agreement that she WILL help Hare and things only go downhill from there. In a desperate attempt to escape from her troubles, Alice naively takes up an on-line dating romance with Nigel from England. When she takes the romance one step further by agreeing to a whirlwind meet-up with him in Europe, things get even stranger. Alice has definitely fallen down the rabbit hole and the question is, will she find her way out? This was a thoroughly enjoyable read from the very first page. Author Barbara Silkstone knows how to spin a witty tale with zippy lines and fun characters in zany circumstances. If you like wacky mysteries with a bunch of fun thrown in, then this is a book for you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Donna_Fasano More than 1 year ago
From page one of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters, Barbara Silkstone grabs the reader by the throat and hauls her along on a wild ride all the way to The End. The author has a strong, distinctive voice and uses words the way an artist uses paint. Like strokes of bold color, her descriptions create vivid and lively scenes and unforgettable characters that have stayed with me long after I put down the book. This is an amazing, riotous adventure that I would recommend to any and all Janet Evanovich fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely hilarious. The main character, Alice, gets caught up in a murder, thugs that want to kill her next, a real estate scam and a large conspiracy of judges and lawyers on the take which it make it impossible for her to get on with her life as a real estate broker. Her only solace is with Nigel, a wonderful English gentleman who will give her comfort. However, life is not that easy for Alice and even her romance will leave you laughing and wondering what next can happen to poor Alice. My favorite scene is a court scene in which Alice's bracelet get snagged on her pantyhose and she looks like a complete dolt, yet she has your sympathy all the way through. Delightful read.
NYM More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I read the original Alice in Wonderland so I'm sure I missed some references, but I still very much enjoyed this book. Alice, a real estate broker, seeks to escape the clutches of her evil boss. She meets Nigel, an Englishman, online and runs off to be with him. As it turns out, his world seems just as chaotic as hers and she returns to the states to resolve her own problems. Filled with hilarious twists and turns as well as Alice in Wonderland references, The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters is a fun and funny novel.
LCEvans More than 1 year ago
Heroine Alice Harte is a neurotic mess. She's germaphobic and hooked on Xanax. But who can blame her for her addiction? After a messy divorce, she ends up working for a psychopath who sues people to death when he can't get away with killing them. Alice is also an anglophile and when she meets Nigel online, he exactly fulfills her fantasy of a having a John Cleese type for a lover. Anxious to get away from her troubles at home, she flies to England to meet Nigel. She's in such a muddle from her pills and her troubles and her neuroses, that Nigel can do no wrong in her eyes. She ignores all the warning signs and falls for Nigel's explanations, no matter how outlandish they are. And they are outlandish. When Alice discovers that Nigel has a wife, she believes his story that he's actually divorced, even when the ex turns up to stalk Alice. Meanwhile, back at home the conflict with her boss heats up. Alice enlists the help of a friend to get herself out of the mess without ending up dead. They go on to solve the mystery of her boss's big scheme. Throughout the book there are some hysterical scenes mixed in with the seemingly normal. Alice's total faith in Nigel lead her to calmly accept situations that would have sent other women screaming for the door--fish are thrown in Nigel's face by people he claims are strangers, their hotel reservations are "lost" so they drive around Paris half the night until they end up in a seedy place, etc. Alice's blind faith and cluelessness add to the fun. The characters and situations were wacky. The story drew me in from page one and didn't let go. Best of all, was author Barbara Silkstone's subtle wit which added to the overt hilarity. I recommend this book.
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pstiers More than 1 year ago
Alice has an awful boss and is kidnapped by thugs, she needs to escape the whole thing, finds what looks like the perfect guy on the internet, when he asked her to come to England is seems like the perfect  plan, but then things aren't' what they appear with Nigel either. Alice is sucked in and per sued by the ex-wife. Barbara twists and turns a story very cleverly and with humor that will keep you turning the page. I loved this one, it ended differently then I expected.
myhonestreview More than 1 year ago
Barbara is a fabulous writer. I have read every book and can't get enough of her whimsical adorable characters and mystery.
JackStrawJH More than 1 year ago
A humorous, witty mystery/romance look at a modern day Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole and tries to find her way out of the mess she's in. A great cast of colorful characters add to the laughs and mystery of this witty look at Alice , age forty two and three quarters. It is a fun read.
GerryMcCullough More than 1 year ago
This is a really funny book, as well as being gripping and exciting and with characters to love or hate – at any rate, they certainly won't leave you cold! The first of Barbara Silkstone's wonderfully funny books – I've read them all, and recommend everyone to do so!
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MaryEOS More than 1 year ago
Barbara Silkstone's take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a fun adventure, a book filled with greed, murder, romance and comedy. Alice Harte is an extremely likeable character. She just wants what most women want: a good job, a nice place to live and someone to share her life with. Unfortunately when her job starts to go south because of her boss from hell, her life takes on a crazy spin. She finds romance via the internet with a mystery man who helps her escape her problems at home for a while, but unfortunately, this relationship brings with it its own craziness. This book is like all of Silkstone's other's--fast-paced, filled with murder, mystery and laughs along the way. A delightful read!
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Amy Doll-Wohlers More than 1 year ago
Go to the lite there mite be hamburgers or pizza or sloppy joes or pop