- File Size: 1573 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005XQ3LZW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ghosts of Lovely Women (The Teddy Thurber Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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You can tell the author is an English teacher herself because the words are used correctly, the book has been well edited, the logical thinking of the characters is well established, and the descriptions of students and teachers seems very authentic. I was very pleased that the use of quotations at the beginning of chapters actually related to the story being told. (I find it really annoying when an author uses introductory quotes for no apparent reason--why bother? Are they just trying to look intelligent?)
There weren't any silly heroines doing stupid things that you know (and they should know) will get them killed, no one taking overblown guilt trips for someone else's stupid behavior. Very little foul language, no embarrassing overt sex scenes, but lots of romance and enough danger to keep things interesting.
And best of all, there were enough plot twists I didn't figure out who the killer was ahead of time. I hope to read more of this author's books and that they are as good as this one.
Ghosts of Lovely Women, by Julia Buckley, is a book of merit, not only for its entertainment value but for its thought-provoking theme. It strikes a point that young people really do care. That they can be independent thinkers and solve complicated riddles of adult life. The light romance that intertwines this book is wonderfully created. Teddy's beagle dog, P.G., adds touches of home-like humor, and, if you are a reader like me, the many references to great literature, from Shakespeare to Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' is an added welcome bonus!
Teddy is a delightful character - I hope the author is writing another mystery for her - with an academic and inquiring mind. Her growing attraction and deepening feelings for Derek are well presented and believable, and her penchant for passing on information to the police is a refreshing change from the myriad heroines who keep what they know to themselves, make the police look stupid and then get into peril because of their, "I can do it all myself" mantra.
The use of classical literature to drop hints at the beginning of each chapter is an interesting move, and not having read A Doll's House, I am now inspired to do so! Excerpts from The Tempest et al, are also used to illustrate the victim's intelligence - which ultimately becomes her downfall.
All in all, I really enjoyed this novel, and would like to read more of this heroine's exploits.
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