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Family Matters: An Ernest "Sparky" Hemingway Mystery (Ernest) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 2004

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Sparky Hemingway Series

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Joel Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling Guardians of the Flame books as well as the D'Shai and Keepers of the Hidden Ways series. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Home Front is the first in his Ernest "Sparky" Hemingway mysteries, a delightful new series with a wonderfully quirky character set in the land of the Cohen Brothers' Fargo.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765304996
  • ASIN: B000H2N33W
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,679,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Brink on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read the other review and couldn't disagree more. First of all, this is a sequel-read Home Front first! You could just pick this book up and read it, but you know more about the characters if you read the first one. Also, it is a small-town plot that takes place in a small-town. If you are looking for non-stop action/explosions etc-it's probably not for you. On the other hand, I never wanted to put it down-and I picked it back up as soon as I could until I finished it.

This book is about small time life and the importance of friends/family. The main character is a loveable old codger that mostly wants to be left alone but things keep cropping up that interfere with his simple life.

I sure as heck hope there is another sequel in the works, because I like these people so much. It leaves you with a "homey" feeling and makes you want more.
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This book is a return visit to Hardwood, North Dakota, where neighbors know everything about each other, but have the good grace to pretend that they don't.

Reprising his role as lead character from "Home Front," Ernest "Sparky" Hemingway again finds his quiet life as a copyeditor disturbed by events beyond his control.

This isn't political intrigue on the national or international level; it's local -- small-town local -- which makes it even more intense and consuming for those it affects.

Grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage, curl up in a comfortable chair, and enjoy an engaging read about big goings-on in a small place that these people call home.
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I liked this book and I really like Sparky Hemingway, the central character and his girlfriend and his adopted daugher. I didn't have any problem with the various names (and Snake, the name of his dog, was _his_ nickname in Nam, not a friend's nickname)

This wasn't exactly a mystery. It has a similar relationship to the mystery genre that the Travis McGee novels do. That isn't a bad thing. The story told by the previous book and this book set up a situation where there could be many more Sparky Hemingway mysteries. Which would be a good thing. Some of them might be more tradional whodunits.

On the other hand, I don't know that the books have found an audience. If they haven't, Joel will probably go back to writing SF and Fantasy. So I win either way.
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I liked book one better because it had a deeper more dangerous mystery. The character descriptions and dialog are simply a must read. If you liked Home Front, then get off your duff and read this book. Find out what is happening back in the town and how things are settling in.

There are, however, a few unfortunate things going on in the town and Sparky is just the guy to nail it down.
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