- Series: A Charlotte Adams Mystery (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (April 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425240606
- ISBN-13: 978-0425240601
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder (A Charlotte Adams Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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I did find the entire bullying-trauma-leftover-from-high-school to be a bit unbelieveable. I mean who DOES this??? It happens in life, I know I knew of it that's for sure, but in say..oh...99% of all cases, people MOVE ON. I would bet people of SMALL TOWNS move on, too. I guess this book was meant to show us the other, ONE percent? Because I sure can't see the storyline premise at all.
Mona was unappealing to the extreme, despite the author's attempts to get the reader to feel pity for her. The romance (?) between the protagonist and Jack is never really there. No spark at all. The mean girls are portrayed well however, you can almost see their sneering faces as you read, and see them "sahshaying" down the school halls." I found the ONLY character who I had any quasi-affection for was the unfortunate and nerdy Dr. Pringle (?) I think I might have typed his name wrong but it was the psychiatrist with the awesomely-made sandwich. He seemed so..human...I actually felt bad when he was hurt.
I will be open to try another from this author but maybe one of her earlier ones- I will of course, read the reviews although the reviews for this book were above average and yet I gave it 3 stars.
Our sleuth, Charlotte has many friends and even more acquaintances. One of her acquaintances begins phoning for help which whips Charlotte, Jack (her landlord and hopefully more,) life long friends etc. into a psychological thriller.
Is emergency 911 receptionist a killer or a severe victim of bullying which is now running into a rage, Or is Mona's fantasies becoming realities as murders begin to stack up?
When Carlotte is endangered will her friends listen or will they just pat her back and tell her it is over with as they had in school days.
Bullying is a serious subject and Ms. Maffini handles it with laughter and with the respect it deserves. It is never 'okay' to bully another person, no matter what age.
This is a dynamite book and leaves me satisfied completely. Now, I can't wait to see what her next subject will be chosen.
A frantic call from 911 operator Mona Pringle startles professional organizer Charlotte Adams, mainly because recently it's usually she who is doing the calling during her past amateur investigations. But this time Mona is in a panic with the news that Serena Redding, the Queen of Mean Girls from their high school and who made life hell for Mona, is returning to their town of Woodbridge. Mona declares her wish to exterminate Serena and then hangs up, leaving Charlotte baffled as what she should do.
When a woman resembling Serena is killed in a hit and run, Charlotte fears that Mona has gone on a rampage of revenge. Her own parental dramas kept Charlotte mostly oblivious to the dramas of high school life, so the perrenial organizer feels tremendous guilt for not doing more to protect Mona the other victims of bullying. So, despite virtually all of her friends telling her to do nothing and allow the police to investigate, Charlotte is determined to help Mona as well as Haley Brennan, a former Mean Girl brought down by life. Charlotte becomes increasedly concerned when Mona herself fears that she may be commiting the murders but blocking them out from her conscious memory.
Charlotte Adams agains proves to be a very likeable character, and the reader empathizes with her frustration and inabilty to spur an investigation. Pepper Monahan, a frenemy and one of their Misfits band who survived high school by bonding against the bullies together, orders Charlotte to mind her own business and ignores Charlotte's suspicions.
Often in "themed" mysteries the craft, business, or hobby derails the mystery or stops the plot dead in its tracks. Not here, where I found Charlotte's organizng business absolutely fascinating along with the progress of her relationship with her best friend Jack Reilly that is on the brink of becoming something more. It's a nice change to see that the main character's life continues while she investigates. The topic of mean girls is as well extemely timely and relevant due to the recent teen suicides blamed on bullying and Internet hazing. The is a very serious, yet entertaining and humorous, mystery. The culprit may be spotted early, but the motivation will not, and there are enough suspects and red herrings to cloud the reader's mind before the explosive ending. This is yet another successful mystery series by the prolific Mary Jane Maffini.
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So well written and most of all the characters are believable.Read more