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"I was very pleased that the characters in "Marengo" struck such a chord with readers that even almost two years later I was still receiving emails asking for more of them. Whenever I write, my only goal is to tell a good story that I hope readers will remember. So "Big Business" is the answer to all those requests I got for a continuation of the characters from Number 56 Kensington Street. I hope the new novel is as satisfying as the first."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1105187217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1105187216
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,450,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Edwards-Stout on February 8, 2012
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In today's rush and hurried world, there is something to be said for gentle, entertaining characters and good storytelling. In Carey Parrish's BIG BUSINESS, different lives in England intersect as both flatmates and intriguing visitors converge on Number 59 Kensington Street, run by a charming landlady, who has secrets of her own. While BIG BUSINESS is a sequel to his MARENGO, which I've yet to read, BIG BUSINESS easily stands on its own two feet and is a lovely, zippy read.

Parrish expertly guides readers along the journey, ensuring that a good time is had by all. Like a fun Maeve Binchy, the characters are warm and lovable and the adventure enjoyable. The writing is tight and the tale breezy and fun. Such stories, while appearing simple and straightforward, are very deceptive and can easily fall flat if not well told, but in Parrish's skilled hands, you'll want to return to the world of Number 59 Kensington Street again and again. When is the next one, Mr. Parrish?
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Parrish provided me with an early copy of "Big Business" and I shared much of this review with him, but wanted to put it up on Amazon as well. He has written a great sequel to his novel "Marengo" which has no problems standing alone on its own. Parrish has such an elegant way of writing that you feel as if you've been dropped into a classic English mystery and then something pops out as a modern convenience that reminds you we are in the present.

His style is that of a film or television writer with short scenes that take us to different characters so readers can be pulled in to numerous storylines. Almost as if watching an old episode of a favorite 70s/80s television shows that gave us different characters each week on a boat or an island. One can see the influences of those prime time soaps on Parrish's writing as well as some of the classics like Jackie Collins with his own personal spin that gives a fresh take on this well-loved style. I think this technique is quite riveting because it allows you to peer into moments of his characters which all come together as a good mystery should in the end.

I also applaud Carey Parrish for introducing gay characters into his novels who just `happen to be gay' without making any sort of proclamation about it or giving it any different weight. He truly is an author that shows there are all kinds in this world - and those `kinds' inhabit the environment he has created at Number 56 Kensington Street. Give this mystery a try - you'll be glad you did.
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While on a recent cruise to the Bahamas I brought several novels to read and one of the most enjoyable was Carey Parrish's "Big Business". Lyrical prose, witty dialogue and a who-done-it plot that unexpectedly twists and turns, this modern day Agatha Christie style book was a total delight.
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