Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00DD0B6HK
- Publisher : booksBnimble Mysteries Thrillers Romantic Suspense (December 5, 2013)
- Publication date : December 5, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2317 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #868,746 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Blush factor- sex implied between unmarried people, nothing graphic or described. Some swearing. No graphic violence.
Maggie, is suddenly dropped by her husband. He has a new, younger model to grace the proper clubs and parties for the business man on the go. When the editor of a small newspaper turns up dead, Maggie remembers her ex, Richard the Rat, telling someone he (the editor) soon wouldn't be a problem.
Aha, that finally gets her out of her funk. There's got to be something more there---and there is. Wouldn't she just love to find him mixed up in something murderous, or, at least, illegal. But when she and the much younger man who takes the dead editor's place get too close, Richard pulls out all the stop, as in, tell their college daughter that her mother is loosing it. And, when daughter learns Mom has a thing for the younger man, that tears it (despite the fact that Daddy is allowed his younger woman).
There, that's a start. Now, go read it to find what else happens. (You'll be glad you did.)
I want so much to be friends with the author because her writing is so terrific.
I kept reading her pithy remarks aloud to my husband so we could share the chuckles.
What's the best compliment? Well, I think it's this one - she thinks the way I do! I loved it!
Also, I lived in San Francisco in the 70s and she was pitch perfect in her grasp of the time and place.
That gave the book additional appeal to me - it was a trip down memory lane!
But even if you were born long after that era and have never been to SF, this would make a great way to visit!
I devoured this book in two sittings instead of one because I started it late at night and finally fell asleep with the kindle in my hands!
I appreciate the editing. I hate being distracted by grammar mistakes etc. when reading. I liked these characters and the suspense, and the way the story developed. Knowing San Francisco, it was fun following the locales.
Top reviews from other countries
At the start of the book Maggie has been dumped by her husband for a younger woman. She spends most of the day in her dressing gown and has no purpose or direction in her life.
Larry Hawkins, editor of the Times is found dead, presumed to be a suicide but Maggie remembers overhearing her ex Husband talking on the phone saying that Larry wouldn't be a problem much longer. She starts to believe that he might have killed Larry.
She teams up with Andrew Baffrey who is the new Editor of the times and together they try to discover the truth in a world of corruption and bribes.
This is a reasonable story but very predictable - I guessed the ending half way through. The writing didn't grip me and I didn't find that I cared about any of the characters. However, it was a nice simple story with a non typical heroine.
We start with Maggie Longstreet contemplating life without her husband who is now her ex, when the death of someone she knows sparks her into action and brings her back into the human race. Then begins a search for the guilty party as Maggie is convinced Larry didn't kill himself.
Things start to move when she teams up with Andrew and the pair start to try to find the truth.
Lots of action and different leads. I enjoyed it very much and certainly recommend it.