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About the Author
Moseley was born in Durant, Oklahoma, raised in Fort Worth, Texas and for twenty years lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas. During her time in Arkansas, she was a personal friend of the Clintons and campaigned for them as an Arkansas Traveler at the time of the 1992 election.
She is the author of five mystery novels Bonita Faye, Milicent LeSueur, The Fourth Steven, Grinning in His Mashed Potatoes, and A Little Traveling Music Please, all of which are being republished by Brash Books, starting in early 2015.
Moseley is married to computer guru and novelist Ron Burris. They live in Euless, Texas, with their rescued beagles Miss Sadie and Miss (The Terror) Matilda. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B019YRTMQW
- Publisher : Brash Books; 1st edition (February 23, 2016)
- Publication date : February 23, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3237 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 223 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #487,693 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He sure was excited and some embarrassed when he started talking. “Mrs. Burnett? Mrs. Billy Roy Burnett?”
Swell of course, I said I was. Sometimes I rattle on, more now than what I used to, but that time I just stood silent as a stump and let him talk.
“Mrs. Burnett, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your husband, Billy Roy, is dead.” After getting it out, he just stared at me like I was starting at him.
It was like after the telling, there was no more to be said about the matter, but after a minute, it got uncomfortable so he started speaking again.
If Bonita Faye is an indication of the works of Margaret Moseley, then Brash Books will have success in bringing back her backlist. Although Bonita Faye is certainly not the book I typically read, it’s also not quite the cozy mystery book it may appear to be. Bonita Faye was originally published in 1997 and since the book takes place before then, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, the book is certainly not dated.
Bonita Faye is about Bonita Faye, an Oklahoma woman in a lousy marriage with an abusive husband who steals the money that Bonita Faye set aside for her dream vacation in Paris, France. After her husband Billy Roy Burnett is murdered, Bonita develops some feelings for Harmon Adams, the state trooper who investigates her husband’s murder. When Harmon goes away to fight in the Korean War, Bonita Faye finally takes her trip to Paris. When she finally gets there, she doesn’t know what to do, but soon finds friends that help her adjust. There she eventually meets another man, Claude Vermeillon, who she helps start his business.
So how is this crime fiction? After all, it was an Edgar award finalist. Well, really there is not too much crime here but there are a few murders. Margaret Moseley convinces you thought that they should be killed so you feel more for the murderer than the person who is murdered. The book though does drag somewhat for me when Bonita Faye is in Paris which is why I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars. The writing is good during that part and the story interesting, but really not as funny and not much of the crime that I enjoy reading. One of the murders does take place in France so it’s not all just about the French education of Bonita Faye.
The humor though starts from the beginning and although that funny pace is not maintained, the book is enjoyable throughout. The excerpt above shows some of Margaret Moseley style and humor and here’s another good excerpt from the early part of the book when people come to visit after the death of her husband:
Years later, when we were older, my best friend Patsy and I made a pact. Whoever died first, the survivor would come and clean out the crumbs from the silverware drawer before the church ladies got there. You could have unmade beds and dust bunnies under the couch, but it was the silverware drawer crumbs that turned them on.
I laughed again typing it for this review.
I sure hope the rest of Margaret Moseley’s books are this good. I’m looking forward to reading more of the backlist and hopefully new books by Margaret Mosely. Thanks to Brash Books for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review.
We first meet Bonita Faye when her life is less than perfect. In fact, pretty rotten. But she takes it all in stride. She narrates the entire tale (with a southern twang and a light easy way of speaking) and takes us through all of the major moments of her life. I really enjoyed watching her become a woman who lives her life instead of one to whom life happens. And the philosophically or morally gray areas were not gray to me. I was fully in Bonita's corner. A little murder? Well... Really... Only if necessary... Two lovers?? Yes, but handled very prettily. And really...very much LOVE. Not promiscuity. Deep personal relationships? Adventure? Changing people's lives? Homemade pie? And she handles it all with a wise and straight forward countenance.
Bonita lived an interesting life, and it's all in this book.