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Holidays in Ocean Alley: Special to the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Paperback – Special Edition, October 27, 2015
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She also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act play, Common Ground published in 2015. Her novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fictioncontest, in 1993. Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishingand other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work, and Words to Write By:Getting Your Thoughts on Paper. A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.
Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton and the American University.She did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, theUniversity of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University'sContinuing Education Program. Elaine is a regular attendee at theMidwest Writers Workshop and Magna Cum Murder.
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The voice of the series is so clear and uncluttered. Even though the book is from a different point of view, it's still delightful.
Amazingly, the voice of Scoobie is different from that of Aunt Madge. Just from the first few words of a chapter, one can tell who is speaking. I know that's the way it's supposed to be, but it's still an amazing thing to me, and Elaine Orr does such a fine job of it. Perhaps because of all the plays she's written.
In any case, I loved the book as much as I have the earlier ones, and look forward to reading anything else Elaine Orr writes for me to read, especially if it takes place on the Jersey Shore. Elaine Orr has a special talent and I hope she has a long and prolific career.
BTW, I was provided an early copy in exchange for an honest review. However, I love the series so much I purchased my own copy as soon as it was released.
Aunt Marge is paying for never slowing down. She winds up doing rehab in the assisted living local facility as does their good friend Lance. Poor Harry is having to manage the B&B with a little assist from Jolie who has to take over the office for him. When an unpopular woman is murdered right outside her door, Marge discovers why is it so hard for Jolie to stay out of these investigations.
The only negative I encountered may not apply to any format other than Kindle, but other than at paragraphs, the breaks between alternating first person narratives is not as distinct as I would like. I read fast and blew right past the spacing and lettering that was intended to clue me in. It didn't take much to get back on track and most people probably won't have that problem