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Author
Fowler, Karen Joy
Descriptors
Authors
Contemporary Fiction
Cults
Fame
Families
Fathers and Daughters
Internet
Loss
Mystery-Hard-boiled, American
Orphans
Single Women
Location/Setting:
California
Cleveland, Ohio
Time Period:
1960s
1970s
2000s
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Summary
After her father, Bim, dies, 29-year-old Rima, a teacher from Cleveland, travels to Santa Cruz for a visit with her estranged godmother, Bim's longtime friend Addison Early. Addison is the famous author of the Maxwell Lane mysteries. In one of these books, Addison turned Bim into a character who murders his wife--resulting in many arguments when Rima's parents were alive. Rima, lonely, out of place, and looking to fill a void, sets out to solve the 'case' and to find out more about her father's past and his past relationship with Addison.
Critique
This clever book is not really a mystery, but it has intricate plotting, fantastic characters and is a laugh-out-loud read about discovering family secrets. Fowler creates a memorable sleuth in her hard-boiled Maxwell Lane, but it is her depictions of Rima, Addison, Bim and the supporting cast of Addison's obsessed fans that make this book a real winner. A highly recommended read.
ISBN
9780399154751
  iBistro
# of Pages
324
Published
2008
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Reviewer's Initials: CO DZ


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