A Pretty Little Plot (Mary MacDougall Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What, you say, held back?
At the turn of the century, the end of the Victorian era, there were still strict social mores in place for the conduct of men and women in society. Wealthy women were not employed with the wealthy, as a group, referred to as the idle rich. Mary wanted more in her life than getting married to a proper wealthy gentleman and having children.
Mary McDougall will stay with me for a while for a number of reasons; the first because she's so pleasant, so nice but firm and she wants that ring. No, not the gold ring on her finger, the brass ring people reach for when passing on the merry-go-`round---getting what you want from life that makes you the happiest.
While I'm not tired of NYC, it's refreshing to know about other parts of the nation and Mary hails from Minneapolis. That's an area that I'm totally unfamiliar with but one that Richard Autry (aka D. R. Martin) is successfully guiding me through with Mary's observant eyes.
Sweet, stubborn, and pretty, Mary has that something extra not seen in the early 1900's and that's a lovely young woman who thinks for herself outside the customs of the day. And fortunately for her, her father is moneyed with connections which open doors that otherwise would be slammed in her face.
I'm not one to make comparisons of authors but it's my opinion that Richard Autry can stand toe to toe with any of the better known historical fiction authors. And believe it when I say the market is stuffed with all kinds, colors, themes of cozies but this one stands out.
Although a noir/hard-boiled fiction fan, I do read cozies from time to time because they are light, breezy, with some mystery to be solved but little to no bloody descriptions or sex. (Ahhh, phooey.)
Some of my favorite authors, I can't read back to back such as Andrew Vachss. He's a tough, edgy writer who can make me mentally exhausted by the end of the book. The gritty books...those that make you want to bathe afterward.
When I read some of those, afterward I reach for a cozy. They're right on my shelf next to Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke to name a few. Of course I love all these authors and more. But sometimes, I just want an easy going cozy...to relax and chill with.
While my main `go to' cozy has been Victoria Thompson and her Gaslight Series with Sarah Brandt, a turn of the century mid-wife, now Mary McDougall is standing tall right next to Sarah and Mary can hold her own and go toe to toe solving any crime. Sarah better watch her back.
No spoilers here. I enjoyed this book with its descriptions, dialogue, and plot. No pun intended. Mary makes a difference by investigating the kidnapping of two students from her art class. The police have the man who they say was part of the kidnapping. Though new to the field of detecting, Mary manages to prove the man innocent. Will she succeed or will the man she believes innocent turn out to be a kidnapper?
Other books from well known authors costs you $12.00, can't figure it out and getting very annoyed.