Maggie and Cher learn the hardest thing about surviving a midlife crisis: don’t die.
A cozy, funny mystery from noted humorist Karla Telega.
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About the Author
Despite the best efforts of the psychiatric community, Karla Telega has unleashed her first book on society with Box of Rocks. She is a graduate of hot flashes, who writes mysteries, humor, and a killer Christmas letter. She lives with her husband in South Carolina, where she enjoys reading, watching football, and walking her dog. You can share adventures in aging on her humor blog, Telega Tales and Tart Cookies.
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Description: Middle-aged Maggie and Cher are best friends and complete opposites; but when Cher feels that Maggie is heading towards a mid-life crisis, she decides to follow the advice of Maggie's therapist and find her a hobby. So after a "few" drinks, the pair comes up with a list of suitable hobbies including: ghost hunting, target practice, rock collecting, wildlife photography, soap making, fencing, belly dancing, tie dying, dog training, crawdad racing, bull riding, and even worm collecting. After knocking a few off their list, they start collecting rocks; meanwhile, Paul, a doctoral student, is finishing his thesis on archaeology and discovers a gold-filled burial ground. Unfortunately, Paul isn't the only person aware of this "gold-mine" and someone's willing to kill to protect its location. So when Maggie and Cher "stumble" upon a murder investigation, they may have found just the distraction they are looking for - except for the fact that they are now targets of a criminal who is a perfect example of Murphy's Law.Review: Move over Janet Evanovich, Karla Telega's new book surprises like an ACME anvil! When I started Box of Rocks, I realized that the characters, Maggie and Cher, were just like Evanovich's Stephanie and Lula from the Stephanie Plum series; completely unmatched, but an outrageously hilarious duo that left me laughing so much it hurt. Telega's characters are vibrant, well-developed and completely believable which makes the serious, yet laugh-out-loud plot all the more enjoyable. Reading this book reminded me of some of the shenanigans my friends and I have gotten into and the conversations that ensued. Box of Rocks is a fast-paced, smartly detailed, and gut-bustingly funny mystery, and I really hope there's a sequel!Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Maggie and Cher are not the most likely of friends, but they make for an entertaining story together. They lead a fairly normal lifestyle, they may even consider their lives boring, but with this latest mystery, they now have an exciting new find to consider. The two decide to try to figure out the mystery, much to the readers' enjoyment. Their dialogue will keep the reader entertained as he/she navigates this novel. The whodunit portion of the novel is just as interesting as the tight friendship between the two women. Their close relationship is endearing and enviable. The bumbling criminal will have the reader shaking his/her head. This mystery is not really that easy to guess at the beginning of the novel. There will be some surprises and twists in store for the reader. The writer's style of writing makes this book an easy and quick read. The reader will love the way humor is so cleverly infused into the dialogue. The action is fairly fast-paced, the ending is perfect. The reader will have a hard time forgetting Cher and Maggie. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Maggie Gorski has her issues, so when her therapist advises her to find a hobby, she and her best friend Cher get together for a night of eating, and kicking around ideas for the perfect hobby. After several drinks their list of hobbies start to get well, odd. After trying ghost hunting, and not finding one ghost, and target practicing, where Maggie almost shoots off a toe they decide to do the next idea on the list which is rock hunting. When their little excursion has them finding a dead body, they soon find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. Can they figure out who-dun-it without becoming a victim themselves?I loved this book. The two main characters were a total laugh riot. Their antics and witty remarks really kept this book entertaining.Maggie and Cher both had their issues, Maggie, while happily married,suffered from panic attacks, but the authors descriptions of Maggie's problems was just slap-stick funny, I mean the one where she had a run in with a couple of Shih Tzu dogs still has me snickering.Cher on the other hand, seemed to be more grounded, well at least most of the time. Oh and the mystery, well the author reveals early on who the killer was, thing is though she used the killers nickname (Bear) so while I felt like I knew who the killer was, I was actually very surprised to learn who "Bear" actually was. The way the author pulled the story together was great, and I must say the character of Paul Lakeland was one lucky guy. I love when an author writes a dog into the story line and with this book we had Fluffy, Maggie's Rottie and Buddy, Cher's dog. If you love a mystery with a southern drawl, with characters that jump off the page, and dialogue that will keep you laughing then your going to love "Box Of Rocks." *A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it is one of the funniest books I have read in quite a while*
This was a comical and entertaining mystery with two middle-aged women sleuths who just sort of fall into a murder case without knowing it. There is much witty banter and hilarious situations that are reminiscent of a Lucille Ball episode. I enjoyed it very much.