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No Place Like Home: The Camilla Randall Mysteries Book by [Allen, Anne R.]
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THE CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: 
"Twisted chick lit noir with a side of funny." Ruth Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Hooked and Love and Money. 
"Anne R. Allen is a genius at fast and witty dialogue," Paul Fahey, author of 16 Podewale Street
"Agatha Christie meets Dorothy Parker", Saffina Desforges, bestselling author of Sugar and Spice/Paraphilia

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Although this is #4 in he Camilla series, it can be read as a stand-alone. In this installment, Camilla has acquired a bookstore in sleepy, foggy Morro Bay California, But her life is anything but calm as she confronts Ponzi schemers, Panga smuggling boats, billionaires on the lam...and the mysterious--but oh, so hot--Mr. X.

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  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kotu Beach Press (December 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHRWA0Y
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Doria has the life we read about in the gossip rags. Dressed to impress, hair always in place, a home to die for... or maybe not so much. Doria's home, along with her husband, has gone up in flames and she is the prime suspect in the arson. Alone, hiding from the police and penniless, Doria is finding out life isn't always a bed of roses, or in her case a bed in the cosmetic surgical suite of the local hospital. No things aren't looking good for Doria, but underneath it all she may be made of stuff we don't expect in the uber rich, the will to survive, florish and prosper no matter what the circumstances.

Camilla is also alone and on the run. But in her case it is from romance gone bad and life turned sour. As she works to start her new life in a local bookstore along the warm coast she finds herself living a life far from the romance and bustle of the city. As Camilla attempts to adapt to her new world, she begins to believe she may, once again, have a life with an interesting man in it. But then again, men who are interesting tend to have complex backgrounds and she may have found one with a background that is less impressive than she had hoped.

Silas and Planatagent, erstwhile bookstore owners, former actors of fame and fortune, a quirky homeless man hiding his own past and the rich and fabulous all ready to Co mingle on the pages of this witty laugh-out-loud novel that reads like a sitcom gone right. Very funny and easy to read I couldn't put it down until I had read every last word.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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As I read the opening pages of Anne R. Allen's "No Place Like Home," two words kept running through my mind--"snarky" and "delicious." Then I realized that those words are part of the book's back cover copy. "No Place Like Home" is strictly as advertised.

The fourth novel in Ms. Allen's Camilla Randall series tells parallel stories of two women who are down on their luck. One is Doria Windsor Sharkov, the former editor of "Home" magazine who has seemingly lost her husband and home to a fire. Then there's Camilla herself, once known worldwide as the Manners Doctor, but now running a bookstore in California and also in danger of becoming homeless.

Ms. Allen handles the romantic-comedy/mystery genre deftly. Colorful characters, snappy dialogue, mistaken identities, and complicated plot twists just keep on coming. As the story shifts from Doria's viewpoint to Camilla's, almost every chapter ends in a cliffhanger. "No Place Like Home" is a quick and enjoyable read.

In addition to telling an entertaining story, Ms. Allen offers an intriguing look at the world of the homeless. Like Brianna Karp's memoir, "The Girl's Guide to Homelessness," this novel makes it clear that not all homeless people are alike, and many cannot be dismissed as mentally disturbed and/or unemployable. Some are among the book's most admirable characters.

While the novel holds up well on its own, there are many hints that several of the characters have interacted in the past. I'm eager to read Camilla's earlier adventures.
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I love this book. The characters are so real and funny. The situations they find themselves in will make your head spin and make you laugh out loud. Anne touches on some real serious subjects here, like homelessness and our often ill conceived perceptions of those who find themselves there, but does it with her usual humor and intelligence. She keeps you guessing and it so much fun. I think this just might be Anne's best one yet!
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I liked a lot of things about this book, but maybe the thing I liked most was that it was written from a viewpoint I’ve never come across before – a combination of first and third.
This is the third in the ‘Camilla Randall’ series. The previous ones have always been written in the first person, but this one branches out. Startled at first, I found it a brilliant innovation.
The second thing I liked most about this book was that it’s comedy about a dark enough topic – homelessness – and it succeeds without ever descending into tasteless insensitivity, or tipping over into sentimentality.
Now I’ll get on my soapbox: homelessness in any affluent country is a disgrace (it’s a disgrace to everyone anywhere, but it’s worse in countries where there is massive consumerism). It’s also a complex problem; sometimes the homeless have drink and drug problems; some have alarming problems with madness and/or violence; however, most homeless people are just unlucky, but often seen as a group of drunken, drug crazed layabouts: many are women, and they all tend to be ashamed of the stigma that hounds them.
All right, sermon over; now on to more about this book, which deals with all of the issues I’ve mentioned above with a consummate ease that never grates or labours the point.
There are two female leads in this book. The first, Camilla Randall, the former debutante and society columnist who, partly due to the machinations of her ex husband and her late mother’s unlucky sixth marriage, has fallen on hard times, followers of the series will know from before. The second, Doria Sharkov is a super rich owner/editor of a home decorating magazine whose husband’s financial chicanery is suddenly revealed by his sudden death as their luxurious home is razed.
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