Rainy Day Women

Rainy Day Women

by Kay Kendall

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BN ID: 2940150966079
Publisher: Stairway Press
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Austin Starr Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A fan of historical mysteries, Kendall writes atmospheric books about the 1960s that capture the turmoil and spirit of the age. Kendall is also an award-winning international PR executive who lives in Texas with her husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills.

Kendall has degrees in Russian and Soviet history, and her book titles show she’s a Bob Dylan buff. She blogs twice a month at thestilettogang.blogspot.com

For more information about her, see kaykendallauthor.com and facebook.com/KayKendallAuthor

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Rainy Day Women 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Rainy Day Women by Kay Kendall Reading Kay Kendall's RAINY DAY WOMEN put me in a mood to reflect on the long struggle for equality for women, and the slanders and power plays mounted against those who challenge power . . . and still we persist! The future of women, and men, depends on it. The mystery and adventure would be enough on their own, but it also captured the times and kindled nostalgia for my college activist days. I vividly remember waiting for friends to learn their draft status from the cruel lottery and waiting on the steps of the induction center for a friend who was refusing the draft. “A high price to pay, leaving your country.” “A higher price would be fighting and dying for something you don’t believe in.” I also remember the strength of joining in protest, not idly sitting by, and that the debate was generally about not killing others, since we were at that age of blissfully believing in our own immortality. How many men we lost didn’t hit me until later. Even “back in the day” there were smart men supporting equality, because women contributing all their talents helps everyone. When my consciousness-raising group went to see STEPFORD WIVES and I returned home furious, my gentle, enlightened husband reminded me that he was not the men in that movie, that a Disney-fied perfect automaton would not be his idea of a worthy partner in life. I was encouraged a few years ago by my Shakespeare class asking what feminism is, looking it up because “it has to be more than equal rights,” and unanimously voting that they were all feminists. I told them that if we’d known they were our future, we’d have been so encouraged back in the ‘70s. Men of quality don’t fear women of equality, though the insecure, fearful ones put up an ugly fight to hold on to their notions of superiority. I hope their numbers are decreasing and that their belligerence will cease. (I have requested my HVAC company to never again send the service rep who saw fit to lecture me on woman’s place as subservient to men. Yeah, not in my own home . . . ) There seems to be an opening at the end for a third book . . . hoping so . . . A few favorite quotes and new-to-me info: I looked up pebble dash, interesting, and confirmed as a controversial building choice. I had never heard “Under My Thumb” — and glad of it, though it might have explained some of the unsuitable dates if that was their secret fantasy. “Voted with their feet” comparative thinking regarding Russian Revolution . . . reminded me of my favorite class at Macalester on “Christian - Marxist Dialogue.” “Always doing what someone else told me to do exhausted and depleted me. I wanted to make up my own mind.” Battle cry of the abuser, “See what you made me do.”
teachlz More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW OF “RAINY DAY WOMEN’ by KAY KENDALL KUDOS to Kay Kendall , author of “Rainy Day Woman” for amazing, memorable descriptions of the late sixties. I can hear the music, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The sixties were the time of the Vietnam protests and draft dodgers, hippies, Woodstock, feeling free, and woman’s liberation. The author depicts the sense of the sixties perfectly. The genres of this book are Mystery and Fiction. The author describes the characters as complicated and complex. This was a time of wanting to be independent, involved with significant causes, and the importance of feeling free. The main character, Austin Starr is combining the roles of wife, young mother to a three-month old and student. Austin has some CIA training and in the first book Austin helped solve a crime. I love the way the author starts the story,”I STOOD, CAREFUL not to make any noise, afraid to waken the sleeping ogre.”…..”What did it matter if my escape took ten minutes? Breaking free was what counted.” Now I was on edge, wanting to know what was going on. The author has a gift of telling her story and describing her characters. Austin gets a call from a close friend, who is a suspect in a murder. Austin reminds me of a grown Nancy Drew, and has the need to help her friend. Austin and her husband live in Canada. Although her husband is not officially a draft dodger, his beliefs are against fighting and war. He is a graduate student at the University in Canada. Austin convinces her husband David to let her go and provide support for her friend, but she has to take her three-month old baby with her. David warns her to stay out of trouble and leave the investigating to the proper officials. Austin will be staying with her friend’s family. Austin’s friend is a member of a group of women who are supportive of women’s liberation The murdered victim was a member as well. Austin’s friend works in a chemistry laboratory, and there is tremendous tension and competition at work. There are a number of characters who could be suspect for the murder. I appreciate that the author brings up relevant topics of the times: women’s liberation and equality, and feelings about fighting and war. Other topics that were discussed were incest, and homosexuality. The tension and hostility of the times, and the way the characters responded to it is part of historical significance. I really enjoyed, the mystery, the intrigue, and the adventure and would highly recommend this entertaining and captivating novel. I received a copy for my honest review.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Austin Starr lives with her husband, David, and three-month-old baby, Wyatt, in Toronto, where they have moved from their home in Cuero in south Texas [population 7,000] because of David’s status as a draft resister – this does take place in the late 1960’s. One evening she receives a phone call from 21-year-old Larissa, her dear friend who is 2 years younger than Austin, calling from her temporary home in Vancouver to tell her that her close friend, Shona, has died; worse, that she was murdered, and that she, Larissa, was the Mounties’ prime suspect. Shona was a grad student in the Chem Lab at the University of British Columbia. It was initially deemed to be an accident which occurred just before the women’s lib meeting was to start, till the police say she was poisoned. Just to complicate matters a little more, another UBC student was killed, at about the same time as Shona. Larissa begs Austin to come out to help her, which she does [over her husband’s objections]. (Her last sleuthing job was when David was a murder suspect, ending after he had spent ten days in jail. That one left her thinking that “nosing around the debris left behind by murder was not a frolicsome pursuit.”) This time around she has to get Larissa free from suspicion and out of trouble. This book clearly evokes the days of bellbottoms, the anti-war protests, Woodstock, the Sharon Tate murder, and the days when Women’s Lib was a big topic over the country. Interestingly, most chapters run less than ten pages, only one coming in at 11. As to the title, most of the tale takes place in Vancouver, where every day is a day filled with rain, if not a complete deluge. An intriguing plot and a race to identify suspects and find the killer keep the pages turning swiftly. Recommended.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series, Desolation Row, a couple of years ago. I was 19 in 1969 and vividly remember a lot of what went on back then. Although I was never really into Women's Liberation fully--I was kind of how Austin related to it. I was all for it--but my upbringing kept me away from any of the action. I almost made it to Woodstock-oh well-I'm not really into camping out or crowds and from what I heard that was really MUDDY. My Mom had something to do with me not going as well---- This book will keep you intrigued and guessing. Who was killing the women who belonged to the Women's Lib groups? Will Austin be able to figure it out before her husband gets really angry and insists she goes home? I loved all the characters in the book and think you will too!! If you were around in 1969 and cognizant of what was happening--this may take you down memory lane as well. It was a time of transition, that is for sure!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I think what I liked most about this book wasn't that it was suspenseful, true it was a mystery. It wasn't fast paced, even though the killer seemed to be getting closer and closer to the protagonist, Austin. I think what I liked best was reliving the moments. This book was set in the 1970's. There were so many mentions of things that were going on during this time. And the memories that flooded my mind helped to remind me that this was a total different era that it is now. A lot of this book dealt with the women's liberation movement and the pull it had between Austin and her real life. She'd given up her role in the CIA to get married and now she had a baby. She was happy, but had she done it too soon? Yes, there was a mystery and women were being killed and yes Austin was working on solving the problem, but I think Austin is going to have a tough time of it in the future. That child is going to grow and not just sit in that carrier. Her days of solving murders will be different in the future. Thanks to Kay for reminding me that I've had this book to read for months and please get up and read it. HA!! I think if you were alive during that era, just the flashbacks alone, I mean we are talking songs, headlines, I mean you really feel you are still living in that era.
KLRomo More than 1 year ago
"Rainy Day Women" is a groovy blast from the past! Kendall’s new-adult murder mystery is set in the flower-power era of the late Sixties. Austin Starr, a new young mother, is once again drawn into drama as she races to give support to her best friend, Larissa, who is under suspicion of murder. Although Austin promises her husband she will remain uninvolved, she nevertheless becomes entwined in solving the murder case and clearing her friend in the process. But what starts as one homicide quickly escalates into more violence, with Austin and Larissa both targets. The story is woven into the fabric of 1960’s America and Canada – Austin and her husband David moved to Canada to avoid the draft in opposition to the Vietnam War. And Austin’s friend Larissa has become highly involved in the women’s liberation movement. What is now frequently taken for granted, we get a glimpse of the struggle for equal rights endured by courageous women of that pivotal era. But at what cost to those fighting for equality? With the novel set in the late Sixties, it’s interesting to again experience the world as it was then – less digital, no cell phones but only landlines; less security, with loved ones able to see you to your gate at the airport; no requirement for infant car seats; easy crossing over borders from one country to another. Kendall has done an excellent job of reminding us of both the innocence and the turbulence of our world almost five decades ago. I recommend "Rainy Day Women" to readers who would enjoy a good murder mystery, with the built-in bonus of a time capsule of our unique history which was the 1960’s.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Austin's son's name is Wyatt and her husband's name is David. Her best friend Larissa called, saying she was in trouble. She was the prime suspect for a murder. Austin finally got David to agree to go to Larissa and take Wyatt with her. Larissa had been close to Shona, who had been poisoned. Austin had promised she wouldn't get involved in the investigation, but she wasn't the type to sit back and do nothing. Austin was a stubborn and determined woman, yet she was fairly naive with life and the ugliness of it. Her mom had been determined to protect her. She cared about her family and the people she considered her second family. She was a good woman. I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story. It had a good plot and good characters. I recommend this book to anyone that likes this genre.