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Dying to Live in Palm Beach Paperback – January 8, 2013
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About the Author
Jane Grossman divides her time between homes in Boston and Aspen. Before moving to Massachusetts, she and her husband lived in New York City, where she founded and ran the famous Traveller’s Bookstore in Rockefeller Center. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and is the coauthor of Boston Foot Notes: A Walking Guide.
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I’ll face eighth decade with some intrepidity, having made the acquaintance of these ladies. And if I find myself wavering, I’ll read 'Dying to Live in Palm Beach',again.
Seven of the eight ladies can afford their semi-high living in tony Palm Beach. One, unfortunately, cannot. What to do? What to do? Oh, I know. Let her start murdering her friends so she can use their credit cards to buy fancy linens, smart outfits, go on trips, and do what the other "girls" do. And so she does. Allowing for the most unbelievable coincidences, she manages to knock off three of the women. Due to their advanced age, the remainder of the group never entertains the idea of murder... except for one old gal and her Latina nurse's aide.
I think in the hands of a more finessed writer, we'd have a terrific whodunit. But the characters never seem real. The circumstances involving each murder depend upon every facet of the killer's plan deploying perfectly. That just can't happen three times in a row. But it does in this book. The characters' conversations with each other don't seem to ring true. They're supposed to be old friends dating back to the time when their husbands were alive. But friends with a history speak more easily with each other. They don't have the stilted, non-personal speech patterns imposed upon them by the author.
There was a certain amount of suspense. I tried to guess who the killer was through deductive reasoning and I was wrong. But having said that, I couldn't find any excitement, tightness, or interest in the writing of the characters and their lives.
These meandering thoughts are the consequence of reading this entertaining tale by Jane Grossman, an author whom I have not previously read (not surprising, since this appears to be her first mystery). It is well written, characters well drawn if among the central players, and adequately handled if of lesser significance. The basic cast is comprised of a bevy of widowed Jewish women, now spending their estate in balmy Palm Beach. While engaging in other activities, their core of existence is the card game. In the period on which this story centers, we know one of their number is murdering others in the group: we do not know who the miscreant is, only that she exists. We tune into the thoughts of this villainous character but are given her identity only at the end of the book. One of the group. Flossie almost grasps what is going on, but is talked out of it. Her caretaker is privy to Flossie's thoughts but they both are dissuaded from their beliefs by the caretakers police officer-boyfriend.
The book is an easy read, the story interesting, the characters congenial save for the nasty villain.
I can give this a strong recommendation to steady Cozy readers and a suggestive nod to other mystery readers.
The story is about wealthy Palm Beach ladies who are widows that live for Friday bridge games. The story gives you glimpses of their lives and personalities.
When Bunny Boardman dies the "gals" don't think much after all they are in their 80's but then Paula mixes up her medicine and Betty has an accident on her birthday, something isn't right.
Flossie and her nurse companion Frances begin to put pieces together, they tell the story to Detective Roberto (Frances New boyfriend) who doesn't think their story could be true.
You will enjoy the jokes, storyline and the girls,