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- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publisher: Stairway Press (July 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W2X5SCS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kendall paints a vivid portrait of the times everything from macrame purses to bell bottoms and beads but it s her protagonist who wins our hearts in a mystery that explores issues as timely today as they were for the Woodstock generation. Highly recommended. --Lynne Raimondo, author of the Mark Angelotti crime novels, Dante's Wood, Dante's Poison, and Dante's Dilemma
Vivid detail of the 1960s and a clever plot make Rainy Day Woman an outstanding follow-up to Kay Kendall s strong debut, Desolation Row. Austin Starr is a memorable protagonist, and Kendall s skill at crafting a compelling mystery kept me turning the pages! --Robert Rotstein, author of The Bomb Maker s Son and Corrupt Practices --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I think what I liked best was reliving the moments.
This book was set in the 1970's. There were so many mentions of things that were going on during this time. And the memories that flooded my mind helped to remind me that this was a total different era that it is now. A lot of this book dealt with the women's liberation movement and the pull it had between Austin and her real life. She'd given up her role in the CIA to get married and now she had a baby. She was happy, but had she done it too soon?
Yes, there was a mystery and women were being killed and yes Austin was working on solving the problem, but I think Austin is going to have a tough time of it in the future. That child is going to grow and not just sit in that carrier. Her days of solving murders will be different in the future.
Thanks to Kay for reminding me that I've had this book to read for months and please get up and read it. HA!! I think if you were alive during that era, just the flashbacks alone, I mean we are talking songs, headlines, I mean you really feel you are still living in that era.
My Thoughts: Having enjoyed Book One in this series, I was eager to rejoin amateur sleuth Austin Starr. Following along in her adventures in Vancouver, I loved how the reader is introduced to the early feminist struggles via a women’s group.
As a backdrop to Rainy Day Women: An Austin Starr Mystery (Austin Starr Mysteries Book 2) , the vernacular of the 60s, the music, and the Woodstock festival, along with the Sharon Tate murders, offer up a real taste of what life was like back then.
Austin is an interesting character, determined and skilled at following clues. She was also a little bit naïve, but she made up for it by pushing ahead fearlessly. Her husband, David, opposed to her activities, seemed to take on the thoughts and feelings of a lot of men back then, worried and overly-protective.
Larissa, the daughter of a Russian immigrant, Professor Klimenko, was different in this outing. Previously, while in Toronto, she had been awed by Austin, but in this setting, and probably because she was a suspect in her friend Shona’s murder, she seemed brusque and irritable.
As Austin accompanied Larissa to the women’s lib group, she met other friends of Shona’s, and also a few rivals in the group. How did Shona’s former roommate Mia fit into what happened to her? Were her brashness and her violent ups and downs a factor? How does Becky, another woman in the group, recently separated from her controlling husband, add to the questions Austin has? Did Shona’s ex-boyfriend Jack have a motive to have killed her? Or would the answers lie closer to home in the chemistry lab, with the graduate students?
I did enjoy watching Austin zero in on the killer, and in an exciting finale, bring justice for her friend and the other women in the group. In the end, there were also unresolved threads in the form of an ex-US Senator who had been tailing her. I can see a Book Three on the horizon. 4.5 stars.
KUDOS to Kay Kendall , author of “Rainy Day Woman” for amazing, memorable descriptions of the late sixties. I can hear the music, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The sixties were the time of the Vietnam protests and draft dodgers, hippies, Woodstock, feeling free, and woman’s liberation. The author depicts the sense of the sixties perfectly. The genres of this book are Mystery and Fiction.
The author describes the characters as complicated and complex. This was a time of wanting to be independent, involved with significant causes, and the importance of feeling free. The main character, Austin Starr is combining the roles of wife, young mother to a three-month old and student. Austin has some CIA training and in the first book Austin helped solve a crime. I love the way the author starts the story,”I STOOD, CAREFUL not to make any noise, afraid to waken the sleeping ogre.”…..”What did it matter if my escape took ten minutes? Breaking free was what counted.” Now I was on edge, wanting to know what was going on. The author has a gift of telling her story and describing her characters.
Austin gets a call from a close friend, who is a suspect in a murder. Austin reminds me of a grown Nancy Drew, and has the need to help her friend. Austin and her husband live in Canada. Although her husband is not officially a draft dodger, his beliefs are against fighting and war. He is a graduate student at the University in Canada. Austin convinces her husband David to let her go and provide support for her friend, but she has to take her three-month old baby with her. David warns her to stay out of trouble and leave the investigating to the proper officials. Austin will be staying with her friend’s family.
Austin’s friend is a member of a group of women who are supportive of women’s liberation The murdered victim was a member as well. Austin’s friend works in a chemistry laboratory, and there is tremendous tension and competition at work. There are a number of characters who could be suspect for the murder.
I appreciate that the author brings up relevant topics of the times: women’s liberation and equality, and feelings about fighting and war. Other topics that were discussed were incest, and homosexuality. The tension and hostility of the times, and the way the characters responded to it is part of historical significance.
I really enjoyed, the mystery, the intrigue, and the adventure and would highly recommend this entertaining and captivating novel. I received a copy for my honest review.
Top international reviews
The plot involves a women's liberation group and protagonist Austin Starr’s continued personal growth out in the unprotected and sometimes ugly ‘real world’. Her mother has not prepared her for this reality but Austin finds a kindred spirit in Raisa, her good friend’s aunt, whose helps ultimately results in Austin saving her own life and capturing a killer. (I really like Raisa and hope she pops up in future books.) I enjoyed the twists and turns, and the continued ‘unveiling’ of Russian culture and Austin’s experience with the CIA. Also hoping for more of this in future books.
Starr Austin is an intelligent young wife and mother who appears to accept that her husband’s education and career are more important than hers. However, once she travels from Toronto to Vancouver to assist a friend involved in the murder of a university colleague, she shines in the role of investigator. The crimes are rooted in the evolving consciousness of the times, against the backdrop of Viet Nam and the “Women Libbers”, and I suspect Starr returns to Toronto a slightly-changed young woman. I look forward to her next adventure to see if I’m right!