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Andy and Maggie, the two youngest children of the next door neighbor come to stay for a week while their parents go help out their aging and ill grandmother. The kids are a welcome diversion and help Mary, Ian, Rosie, Stanley, and Mike come up with a ghost that Mary may be able to help--a chemistry teacher at the local high school who died 40 years ago.
This story was another good one. One problem that I had though was with typographical errors. An editor is needed for these books.
This one though--it mas was just too...mushy. And I'm sorry I can't think of a better word than that. All the characters are a little too perfect, too nice, too considerate, too everything. There are no other sides to their character. Everyone dotes on everyone else (on Mary especially). If I have to read one more person saying something like 'take care of our girl' in the next book, I don't think I'll be able to finish it. It's like Mary is the perfect woman in every sense of the word--beautiful, smart, tough, sexy, and has just a teeny tiny bit of vulnerability to let the men feel like MEN, and take care of her. She has no dimension. The only people that are anything but perfect are the two bad guys, which of course is perfect. It gets annoying after a while. Even the kids got on my nerves--they are 12 (boy) and 8 (girl). I have those same kids-12(b), 8(g). The kids in this book are way younger acting than that. The boy reads more like 7-8, the girl more like 4-5. And, of course, they are perfect, cute, endearing little angels, that when the leave everyone gets a wee little tear in their eye because they are so special.
There is no real mystery in this book. Everything falls into place too easily. There is no tension, no drama, no interest. It's like she didn't try hard enough to weave the story--just let it come too easily. It was almost like a fairy tale, with a kind of bad part thrown in. Remember in the movie Enchanted, while still in animation, everything was just...perfect? It was totally like that. It could have been a bad date/romance movie, where my husband I would have rolled our eyes at each other at all the mushiness. Even the writing when one of the characters is lying is too simplistic (I, uh, can, um, see unicorns. yeah, that's it. That's why I need to, um, find the rainbow. Unicorns...yeah, that's the ticket. I'm totally honest here.")
It's all elementary character writing-but like the main character traits were decided, then never developed beyond that:
Mary is a textbook spitfire with a heart of gold and just a touch of neediness.
Bradley is a textbook police chief with a soft spot for his girl and the admiration and respect of all that know him.
Ian is a textbook perfect gentleman, taken by another woman that we never see so that is no threat to the main romance line (who, btw, has a fiance that is okay with him living half way around the world with another woman when she hasn't seen him for months?! Really?!). He is like a back up leading man.
Rosie is a textbook motherly figure, successful business woman (why are they all in real estate in these books anymore?), with a golden baking glove (which causes every single man on earth to do that textbook behavior of "I'd marry you for your cookies" joking around-to which she blushes, and pretends to be embarrassed).
Stanley is a textbook old man--gruff exterior, with a heart of gold for those he loves.
Maggie is a textbook tough as nails mother, ruling her family with love and a rolling pin in hand-and don't you forget it.
Tim is a textbook dad-protective of his daughter, hard on her boyfriends, but a teddy bear inside.
The brothers are textbook brothers--good natured and fun, with fierce protectiveness of their sister, and like to tease her boyfriend senseless.
Even the bad guys are textbook--one a spineless, worse for wear, man. The other in charge--a conniving one with a dark side.
See...People may wish to live in a perfect world, but in the end--what makes it interesting? Not that much, apparently.
Rosie is kidnapped...Bradley pops the question...Janine is laid to rest and Mary has to fight her nightmares. Mary watched the kids next door and is afraid she can never have children of her own.
Ian helps explore the coaches death and little Maggie wants him to marry her. Hyjinks include a floor full of flour and slipping around. It is full of humor, mystery and sadness that builds to a running conclusion. Love this series.