Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.
Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.
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What a page turner. Honestly once I got into the story it was hard to put down! This one you will need to plan to read on a long weekend. It is a big 'ole book 497 pages. I read the print copy and what I liked was it was big the print was so easy to read. The plot/story did keep me turning the pages. But for me I was left scratching my head a bit wondering about the content. The story begins with one of the main characters having sex and her partner dies during the act! The main character Celia is called from one of her besties come to and clean up the mess. Litterally! Theses are some jazzy and rockin' seniors. The death toll rises rather quickly as the seniors seem to suspiciously meet their maker. When one Celias besties end up being accused and her daughter becomes under suspicion Celia wastes no time trying to figure out who is really behind all the deaths. The Cha Cha Babes is good read. Be prepared these are some racey pot smokin grand mas
What happens when a Florida setting, a Golden Girls-esque trio, and the cha-cha mix together? The babes of Pelican way! Celia, Marcy, and Deb all live in a retirement community where they became friends at first sight and learned to leave their worries behind through the cha-cha. Marcy lives on thrills, Celia is reconnecting with herself, and Deb’s quick tongue makes for perfect comedic moments. Through Celia’s descriptions, it seemed as though the trio had settled into an average lifestyle in their community. Cue the phone call in the middle of the night! Marcy rings Celia and asks her friends to help her with a “big problem”; when they show up, Marcy is in a rather compromising position with Marvin, the retirement community’s board president. In order to keep Marcy from being kicked out, the trio all move Marvin back to his room. Before long, more people begin to die from mysterious conditions. Celia sees more to the case and vows to get to the bottom of things. Even if that means getting closer to the murderer than she realizes. I found The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way to be a delightful story. You don’t typically read stories of this nature involving characters 60 years and older that are so upbeat and full of comical dialogue. There were some moments where the phrasing became a bit repetitive, but Metzman pulled through with a killer ending. This is a great summer read perfect for the beach!