- File Size: 378 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publication Date: November 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FKHKTE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wendy and the Lost Boys (A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In book one we meet Wendy Darlin, real estate broker, "big sister" in the Big Brother/Sister organization and a plethora of characters named appropriately in spoof of Peter Pan of Neverland fame. The cast includes Charlie Hook, Roger Jolley, Tinkerbelle, and the "I won't grow up" guy, Peter Payne , Wendy's "little sister" and a pig named Stillpork. Along with these unusual characters there's "dancing Annie" and Grandpa Earl the oldest of the "Hook Clan", muskrat hairpiece and all. It's like a dream you have after eating just before bedtime. [Pulled pork anyone?] For you Ms. Silkstone serves up a snack of mystery, mayhem and murder, laughter and Lost Boys . I'm glad I asked for this second helping of Silkstone's Egyptian Antiquities mysteries and decided to read books one and two so I'd be ready for the third in this fun-filled trilogy, Cairo Caper. The price is right; the read is a riot and I recommend it!
And while making a fool of myself laughing out loud as I read, I also couldn't help marveling at the evocative imagery Silkstone uses, to the extent that I was actually reminded of Vonnegut at times. The novel isn't just non-stop fun, there's substance here as well. It is truly one of those can't-put-it-down gems!
Wendy Darlin was a character I could totally empathize with. An underlying goodness and a big heart that even in the best of times gets her caught up in things she should have avoided. A dreamer holding on to a memory of a lost love. And we all know how memories are.
The supporting cast of characters was perfect for this story. They added not only an aspect of humor, but also helped to round out and lend support to Wendy's true character and nature. I have to applaud Barbara in not only choosing a lead character that I loved, but also on choosing just the right supporting cast to both enhance her story and her main character. The underlying story of the "Lost Boys" definitely piqued my interest and made me want to know more about them.
I'm a mood reader, and normally pick something from the genre of mysteries and thrillers so I could have gone either way on this book--loved it, or hated it. If you're in the mood for something dark and mysterious this may not be the book for you. However, if you're having one of those days where you want to just read for pure entertainment, have a good laugh, and your sense of humor enjoys something off the beaten path--I think you'll love this book. I will definitely be reading the sequel, London Broil. And this time not because Barbara's an on-line friend, but because I read the first three chapters at the end of Wendy and once again I'm already hooked.
Remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show, how there was a segment called fractured fairy tales? That was my favorite part of the show. So, to me, it is absolutely no surprise how much I adore Barbara Silkstone's "fractured fairy tale for adults" re-imagining of Peter Pan. I found this book to be, in short, a hoot. The writing is clever, and had me doing that really unattractive giggle-snort combination many times throughout my reading. I love the way the characters embody the essence of the original classic characters, with snarky modern twists.
Be aware, this is not the Peter Pan story you want your kids reading, it is clearly intended for adult readers. Yet it appeals to the childlike part of us that loved the classic original stories. Combine that childlike love with modern politics and technology, and you get this smart, snarky, hilarious mystery. The story is richly developed and leaves you guessing until the very end. I am liking this grown up version of Peter Pan even more than the original.