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- 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
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,086 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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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!
I'd started this book once before and the first few pages hadn't grabbed me. And the cover was somewhat offputting. To be honest, it looked amateurish. But I gave it another try, not starting at the beginning, but at the last read/saved page.
And suddenly it clicked.
The characters were so real, the relationships were so real, any of the things they spoke of that I had any knowledge of were, in my experience, correct.
And so I read it to the finish, not knowing or able to guess whodunnit.
This book, in my opinion, was not only well written, it was the most beautiful and perfect book I have ever read.
Those are the words that came to mind for me. Beautiful, and perfect.
I could have simply worded the review; beautiful, and perfect. 5 stars. But I felt it deserved a little more.
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.
I highly recommend it.
The author may want to consider changing the cover art though, it's unrelated to the story, and is pretty terrible.