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Marengo Paperback – October 18, 2009

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Product Details

  • 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)

More About the Author

Carey Parrish was born in Dalton, Georgia. He attended Southeast
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
Northern Georgia.

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Rob Brent and Jeff Schrader, two gay American journalist living in the UK for a year, take a flat at Mrs. Rose Mary Shugart's townhouse in a posh section of London. They congratulate themselves on their fantastic luck at finding something inexpensive in such a wonderful neighborhood. Of course, they have no idea what delights and dilemmas await them.

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.
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Take a very diverse cast of characters -a meddling, busybody landlady but who has a heart of gold, and her tenants: a gossipy, single, middle-aged, flamboyant gentleman; two very handsome American journalists stationed in London; a seemingly too-proper male and one beautiful, single, divorced female. Mix that with the spring unveiling of a world famous jewel designer's line, add some unexpected twists and turns and you have Marengo, by Carey Parrish. The book begins slow which gives the reader time to get to know the characters but as it progresses, like a proverbial roller-coaster, it builds, twists and turns leaving the reader wanting more. In some points it seemed a little formulaic and while I anticipated many plot twists, I was surprised to discover I was wrong and he took me in a different direction. It is a fun read and very enjoyable.
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In MARENGO, author Carey Parrish introduces us to the fun cast of characters living at London's 56 Kensington Street, involved in a breezy whodunit mystery--though most readers will know whodunit from the minute the villains appear on the page. But in this adventure, plot comes second to the characters, who are gently and affectionately drawn. There is the sweet and nosy landlady, Mrs. Shugart; her charming companion, Mr. Humbolt; the American journalists, Rob and Jeff, who are more than just co-workers; and their go-to fellow American friend, DJ, always at the ready. Add in some shady up-to-no-goods and spectacular jewels, and follow the fun from there.

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.
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