- File Size: 1178 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: L.A. Novak (August 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014GH0AGQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Murder at the Mailbox Kindle Edition
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And even better news: Clari's dear friend, Elspeth Waldron, returns in full hippie-dippy glory, drawn to perfection in and out of her muu-muus. As a further treat, Novak's gift for characterization rounds out one of her best characters yet, a woman believed to be named Lady Nasty who takes readers through the fast-paced plot with humor and grace, well, attempts at grace anyway.
As in Novak's first Clari Drake mystery, Berkeley shines in the brilliance of the author's local color writing. In this edition, the "City by the City by the Bay" is dressed up for Halloween, set to take place two weeks from the opening chapter. "The concept of Halloween in Berkeley," Novak writes, "is nothing if not redundant. Each day is dress-up-and-appear-weird day [here]. Every season is open season on the unpredictable and often outrageous. Anything is possible in the land of patchouli oil and incense."
To call it a madcap mystery minimizes the mayhem which literally sends Clari up a tree, but she's a journalist on assignment and is ready to do what it takes for her employer's dying rag, the Berkeley Bi-Weekly. Novak's snappy style is full of humor and word play, and there are laughs aplenty in this cooky story, but at its roots is a very real-world tale taken from the stories of today’s news. Novak has obviously researched this aspect of her mystery with care and accuracy.
Murder at the Mailbox is classic female sleuth mystery. Clari Drake could turn Berkeley into a setting for the most delicious television series, a BBC-type heroine residing stateside on the Left Coast. Drake is quick, quirky, and curious, as I'm sure her author must be. The dialogue Novak writes is spot-on and the pace she sets keeps her readers engaged and entertained. This is a series that can only get better, and I can't wait to enjoy what comes next from this talented writer.
While having enough action and plot to fulfill a murder mystery reader’s expectations, this story gets set apart by the humor. The author is not afraid to go anywhere for a laugh, and anywhere and everywhere indeed we go! This is well-written into Clari Drake’s characterization. Seamlessly executed, the humor and the plot make for an engaging read that I found hard to put down.
We also get a taste of home and personal life for the main character and the depth added to the characters was worth the space given to that. It’s not all about the murder or the humor. There’s an intriguing side story at home that has you pulling for everything to work out right.
Everything is good about this book: the locations, the dialog, the characters. I especially enjoyed how the author chose to end the book. It was very fitting but I'll let the reader get to that themselves! This is a memorable story and has us hoping for more in the future!
Fast paced plot lines with well developed characters "Murder at the Mailbox"
is a must read. Through all the twists and turns this novel never fails to deliver.
A brilliant insight to the human condition in Berkeley,