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Unfinished Business: An Angela Panther Mystery (The Angela Panther Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
- ASIN : B01G0PV5C0
- Publisher : Carolyn Ridder Aspenson; 3rd edition (June 1, 2016)
- Publication date : June 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 594 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,857 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The whole plot about what Angela kind of gets forced into after her mother’s death was really good. The experiences she has are amazing. Her emotions are realistic and engaging. Angela is a well developed character with amazing relationships with her husband Jake and best friend Mel. Her realistic portrayal of life with a teenage daughter and a young son is great. The relationship with her Mom is hilarious as is her conversations with Mel. Super enjoyable and yet touching as well. I highly recommend this series.
Angela has a gift that was dorment while she was growing up. When her mother dies, the gift is awoken and Angela has to deal with this. Which is hard. It changes her world upside down. But with the support of her husband, son and best friend she learns how to cope. I'm very curious about all the coffee recipes in there, so next time I'm at that particular shop I'm going to ask for one Angela and Mel like to drink ;)
I recommend this series to everybody who likes a light read, a little bit of paranormal stuff, humor, friendship and family!
Well, I'm going to give this an ok rating because I had no problem finishing it, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's not a mystery or thriller. While Angela does start to see ghosts after her mother dies, the story could easily be rewritten to make the ghosts neighbors or friends removing the very limited paranormal aspect. So, no to mystery or thriller readers and no to UF or paranormal readers. That leaves straight chick lit, a genre I am not a fan of. While there is some sadness, it's minimal so it's not a Laveryl Spencer weeper. Just a disappointment.
I will say the first thing I thought as I started the book was "How refreshing to read a book where the woman is happily married." Seems like forever since I've read a book with a married main character much less a happily married one.
I especially like Angela's mom, who was a ghost...excuse me I mean, a "celestial being"...and was hilarious. The two best friends, Angela and Mel, had a continuously funny dialog but Fran as the smug and nagging "Mother Back From the Dead," was the best. You should read this book just for that, if nothing else!
Unfinished Business read quickly, with a few story lines carried through the book. Each story line is given just the right amount of attention, and characters are well introduced and developed as the plots play out. As the chapters unfolded it was easy for me to become invested in the characters, and I not only finished the book quickly but didn't hesitate to purchase the second (and then third!) book in the series.
This is a fun, yet thought provoking story, that moves at a good pace. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any mystery/paranormal enthusiast friend.
The author quickly establishes that the main character - Angela - is Italian, and then hammers you over the head with it by having the ghost of "Ang's" mother constantly exclaiming "Madone!" I'm Italian so I know the slang but I found myself wondering how many readers had no idea how to pronounce the word or what it means. (Basically, it's Italian for Madonna or Mother of God, pronounced "marhonne". It's usually used as an exclamation such as "OMG!" or "what the hell?")
I found the banter between Ang and her best friend Mel more than a little trying at times. One exchange via text features Mel complaining about having her period. When it devolved to the point of her texting, and this is an actual quote, "My vajayjay smells." I was pretty much done. I also find it frustrating that so many female protagonists in these types of books have body issues AND food issues. Referencing concerns about weight, parts of her body she doesn't like and displaying food fixations makes Ang no exception. In one scene, Mel brings over huge, gourmet cupcakes and giant slices of cheesecake. After stuffing her face with 2 servings of each, Ang's mind set was, quote, "I was pretty sure I'd throw up later, but I didn't really care." Yuck!
Like I said, this style just isn't my thing but even so, I'm surprised I'm the first to give this book two stars. I guess I just didn't get it. Perhaps it resonates more with younger middle aged women with teenage and about to be teenaged kids.
Top reviews from other countries
Apart from these negatives (in my opinion) the book is really interesting with some very heart wrenching moments where a box of tissues might come in handy. I had a love hate relationship with this book - parts of it I found distasteful (Angela and Mel speak about cringe-worthy stuff that could be labelled TMI) but other parts are very insightful and moving. There are some entertaining moments and I had to laugh a few times so this book is a very mixed bag but well worth a read.
It's not that it was bad, per se, it just wasn't interesting. It was taking forever for anything to happen.
I got to 51% and asked myself if I was enjoying it. The answer was no. Then I asked myself why I was continuing to read it. So I stopped.
Judging by other reviews, I'm not in the majority here. But there are so many books that I enjoy out there, I decided to not waste any more time on one that was increasingly a chore to read.