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Margarits & Murder (Murder She Wrote) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher’s longtime collaborator, is the writer of over eighty books, many of them bestsellers.
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All thoughts of having a quick lunch evaporated a few minutes later when a mariachi band stepped onto the terrace. I ate and listened to the band members as they threaded their way among the umbrellas to serenade each of the tables.
The music helped ease the tension of my hectic last few weeks. It was nice to be on vacation. I love to travel, but book tours can be exhausting. While I enjoy meeting new people, especially readers, and seeing new places, it’s always a pleasant prospect to contemplate a few weeks with nothing specific to do but sit back and relax. No notes to take, no schedules to meet, no rush to catch another plane.
Vaughan and Olga were the perfect hosts. They insisted I use their home as if it were mine. They had promised that I wouldn’t be in their way. “We’ll even ignore you, if that’s what you want.” Which, of course, wasn’t what I wanted at all. What I did want was time. Time to renew our acquaintance. Time to stretch out with a book. Time to take leisurely walks in a charming town. Just a peaceful vacation with old friends. It sounded wonderful.
But I was in for a rude awakening...
Top Customer Reviews
Vaughan and Olga have purchased a vacation home in rural Mexico and Jessica goes for a visit. Once she is there she meets a large group of Americans and Canadians who have retired to the area. As usual, Donald Bain does an excellent job of creating the characters with whom Jessica will interact. Some are very likable while others were so irritating that I found myself hurrying to get through the sections in which they appeared. Just like real people however, all of these characters are not really all that they seem to be but with Jessica on the case no one's secrets are safe.
"The case" in this book involves the kidnapping of Vaughan Buckley while he is on a trip with the outgoing and gregarious Woody Manheim who is retired from the military. When the pair does not return on time Olga, who was against the trip from the beginning, calls the police who find the pair's abandoned car along with a blood soaked handkerchief.Read more ›
I'm usually enthralled by these and think I've seen almost all of the t.v. shows. However, this one was a dud, and went so far as to describe all the foods that were being eaten there. Boring!
As others have mentioned the only real problem is Jesica's missing friends from back in Cabot Cove, not even the usual mention of the likes of Mort or Seth, or of Mara's Luncheonette or Charlene Sassi's bakery.
Still all told this is a solid installment in the series, can't wait for the next (which I believe is the final book in the current contact, however Mr Bain has just signed a contract for another four books in the series!)
I recommend, for an enjoyable treat that you curl up and read this on a chilly, rainy afternoon/evening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the descriptions of the country and culture - very similar to the way it has been described by friends from Mexico.Published 22 months ago by Marie Moore
Like all Jessica Fletcher book, it keeps you guessing until the end.Published on June 27, 2014 by Sally G. Thomas
I am looking for more books in this series. I wound use you again. Book was all you said .Promt service great. SVB.Published on March 10, 2014 by Sharron Bedard
Enjoyed this book..good story...hard to put down! This was one of her better books I enjoyed(although I enjoy them all).Published on May 21, 2013 by Barbara P. Snell