- File Size: 2545 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: booksBnimble (February 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMZ708M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hurricane Season: Florida Panhandle Mystery # 1 Kindle Edition
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In addition to offering an engaging mystery to be solved, this book beautifully describes the typical attitudes and way of life in the south of the 1950s. It's like being in a time machine that goes back to that era with every nuance ringing true from the products mentioned to the figures of speech to the fish fry and the church ladies. It was a total immersion into the nostalgia of the past and left me craving a cold Grape Nehi from the cooler at the general store.
Lily, who is a practical, common sense sort of woman, confronts the mystery head-on as she questions, listens, and prods any source of information she can find. Her observations are shrewd as are her judgments about the people she encounters while navigating the realities of the caste system of family, gender, and race that were the unwritten rules of the era. A perfect amateur detective in a down-home environment.
Many of the other supporting characters might be considered stereotypes by some readers, but stereotypes become so and evolve based on observations of reality. The characters described in this book do represent the era and region being depicted even though some incidents, such as the treatment of the black residents and workers might make a present day reader uncomfortable. It simply is an indication of how much times have changed and how far we've come since then in regards to our attitudes of what is acceptable behavior.
The mystery can be solved along with the main character. There are enough clues shared as the story unfolds to enable the reader to come up with the right answers along with Lily.
This book was originally published in 1983 and has recently been made available in ebook format.
Recommended both for mystery fans and for those who would like a taste of the 1950s.