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As one might expect, Corinna is lucky enough to get a grant, a loan, and unemployment to start her small company. Somewhat unexpectedly, her primary helper is a punk lesbian from Corinna's former job and the first employee of the company is a friend of Corinna's grandmother. A nasty, flu-like cold is almost a character in itself, as once Corinna catches the cold, her decision making abilities take a strong turn for the worse. This leads Corinna into an awkward encounter with a dead man, which is the "mystery" part of the story. However, Corinna is never actually frightened of the corpse, just frustrated and stressed, so the mystery is really more of a case of hijinks than a crime.
As in most stories of this type, Corinna overcomes challenges and obstacles to win success, lose and win back her friends, and decides that she doesn't really like her former boyfriend all that much, but is unexpectedly drawn to someone new. Dust Angel is a light and charming story--a nice book for an afternoon of escapism. There is a deft, light touch through most of the book which nicely smooths that this is a translation from German. I hope that Dust Angel gets some exposure in the US, I believe it deserves a place on the 2013 list of "beach reads."
Jutta Profijt is the author of a series of books about a ghost who haunts the coroner who did his postmortem. I loved those peculiar mysteries for their oddity and wit. Dust Angel is written in the same witty style and with similiar offbeat humor. But it's not a mystery, despite the presence of a dead body in the plot, but rather a kind of lifestyle comedy.
The truth is, I don't really know how to categorize Dust Angel, but I had great fun reading it.
I loved the satiric commentary on the hip denizens of ad agencies (I've been a copywriter, and Profijt describes the scene perfectly ). Another hilarious bit of satire focuses on a seminar that teaches would-be entrepreneurs how to dress for success. Here Corinna learns to her amazement that dusty rose is her best color and that despite her height she will have to start wearing high heels. The coach's disparaging remarks about Corinna and everyone else in the seminar are pretty funny.
Corinna has her romantic troubles, of course. It's not easy to be thirty-one, have big hips, and lose your boyfriend to an elfin hottie.
But this is a very upbeat novel, despite the agonies of anxiety, stress and downright terror Corinna has to go through before things look up. If here's hope for Corinna, there's hope for us all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt that this book had much more description than was desirable and the "foreshadowing" was heavy-handed and obvious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pamela
I enjoyed this read although I still find the morgue drawer series to be my favorite.Published 1 month ago by Judi A
The translation in this book was excellent, which made reading it seamless. While I enjoyed the book, I only gave it a 3 star rating as I found the lead character's poor decision... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought the story was cute and funny. Everything was happening to her some was quite funny. It was easy reading so I recommend it to you.Published 9 months ago by helen corbett
I didn't really care for this book for a number of reasons. (SPOILER ALERT), how can anyone drive around with a dead body in the trunk and no one notices. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mimi Crane
Germany is a different setting than I am used to reading, so that was very interesting. The plot was more unique than most. Read morePublished 12 months ago by anon
Jutta Profijt steps out of her Morgue Draw mode to follow Dusseldorf resident, and account manager Corinna Leyendecker, age thirty-one, as her world collapses about her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Don Mulcare
A good beach or airplane read. Entertaining but forgettable.Published 14 months ago by Claudia Norwood
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