- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (October 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0557162483
- ISBN-13: 978-0557162482
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,973,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marengo Paperback – October 18, 2009
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More About the Author
Whitfield High School, graduating in 1985, before first pursuing a
career in nursing. After traveling quite extensively during his twenties
and early thirties, he began to use the experiences and adventures he
had globetrotting to fuel his ambitions to become a writer. He began
writing professionally in his late thirties, shortly after the death of his
maternal grandmother, an event he credits as "the single most life
changing event in my experience," and he was soon selling articles to
British based reFRESH magazine as well as in American publications
such as Entertainment Weekly, Crime Rant, and various other
magazines, both in print and online.
In 2006, Parrish founded Web Digest Weekly e-magazine. After
being involved in various writers groups online, he was very impressed
with the talents of his many of his peers and he wanted to develop a
forum through which they could reach as many readers as possible.
Web Digest Weekly, which ran until 2010, was an immediate success,
due to his first interview guests being bestselling horror novelist Rick
R. Reed and Susaye Greene of The Supremes. The e-zine is currently
approaching its third year of publication and attracts over 100,000 hits
per month. Other notable guests on the site have included musician
Jim Brickman; bestselling author Barry Eisler; Survivor winners Ethan
Zohn, Jenna Morasca, and Aras Baskauskas; The Amazing Race
winners Alex Boylan, Chip Arndt, and Brennan Swain; astronaut Mike
Mullane; and celebrity biography writer J. Randy Taraborrelli.
Parrish is the author of the books Into The Light: Experimentations In
Poetry & Prose, the short story anthology The Moving Finger Writes,
and the novels Marengo and Big Business. He attributes his success to
"taking all the things that were wrong in my life and replacing them
with things that were right." He presently resides in the mountains of
Top Customer Reviews
There are five flats in the townhouse, including Mrs. Shugart's, and each one houses someone a bit off-kilter. They are quirky and funny and lovable, and perhaps a little dangerous. There is Mrs. Shugart herself, a grandmotherly snoop with a tidy pension but rents flats for the social interaction with interesting people. There is Mr. Humbolt, the elderly queen who sells diamonds for Warwickes, and is more of a busybody than Mrs. Shugart. There is Rob and Jeff, two men who seem like a gay couple but never do anything in public to confirm everyone's suspicions. On the top floor resides Miss Bullivant, a middle-aged woman who is attractive for her age but slightly desperate for romance. Across the hall from her is another new tenant, Richard Lawrence, a rather handsome man who keeps to himself and goes out of his way to keep his business private. Mr. Lawrence, is not all what he seems; he hides a secret that could prove perilous to everyone at Mrs. Shugart's townhouse.
The charm of the characters at Mrs. Shugart's townhouse pulled me in and kept me turning pages. This story has a delightful tone, but it is agonizingly slow to heat up. For half of the book it seems to wander aimlessly along without regard to plot or purpose. What I didn't realize was the author was laying a foundation that would pay off in the latter half of the book. When one of the tenants suddenly dies, the story takes a sharp turn and things begin to simmer.Read more ›
Parrish excels in drawing us into this world of manners, reminding me of a tale of Agatha Christie, mixed with the warm characters of Maeve Binchy. Here, the surprise isn't really whodunit; the surprise is how much you quickly come to care about this lovely cast of characters.