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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Artistic Origins (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097011379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970113795
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The rich really are different, aren’t they? And the Alcott sisters, Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, are a perfect example of ‘different.’ Heirs to the Alcott Chocolates fortune, the ladies are privileged and moneyed, yet don’t seem to be obnoxious about their wealth.

Lila Mae is a hoot. “Oh, no!” she said. “Not only is Mercury retrograde, but the Moon is void and it was just full in Scorpio and will no doubt clobber my sisters big time!” As your first introduction to Lila Mae, you just know that she is going to be a funny character. And she very much is. Astrology, Feng Shui, she is into it all, and has the money to make sure that her wishes are all granted. A “close friend” of Police Detective Chance, there is a cheerful and loving relationship there that brings warmth to the storyline.

Then there is Madge, the oldest of the sisters and quite a character in her own right. When we first meet her, she is trying on clothes, ostensibly for her granddaughter – as if! LOL…. As Lila Mae says when Madge poses in the fitting-room doorway: “Are you going for the ‘I’m sixty-six and have Alzheimer’s so I won’t remember this ensemble tomorrow’ look?” Enough said.

Now, Dorthea is the baby – and “baby” is the operative word here. Constantly working to be the center of attention, and the sister that I considered “spoiled out of her mind,” Dorthea is also the caretaker (if having 12 servants to hand truly qualifies as “caretaker”) to the ladies 92-year-old, grabby-handy father. When the ladies finally agree, with much hand-wringing and theatrical moaning on the part of Dorthea, to place their father in a high-dollar assisted living care facility, it is time for Bambi Chaline, his ‘hot-hotty’ blond bombshell of a nurse, to be let go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booketta on 15 Aug. 2012
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A fun, light crime read from Dawn Ireland.
An entertaining read that is light enough for the holidays. The story revolves around the three middle aged sisters when they decide to put their father Bernie into full time assisted care. His nurse is given a package which her frugal husband is not happy about. The media coverage that is given this couple from the failed attempt at a lawsuit brings an unwelcome and unexpected return from the past. When Jimmy Ray is found murdered with an item from Dorothea's unusual and very expensive cutlery set, she becomes the main suspect. There are various shocks in store for the family, one being that their father has much more clarity and is far more frisky than the sisters were led to believe. Chance Wilson, Lila Mae's boyfriend is the lead investigator in the murder and with help from Lila Mae's astrologer and psychic friends, Chance finds the killer.
This book is aimed at the mature reader. If you like Murder She Wrote, Midsummer Murders and Rosemary and Thyme, then this book is for you.
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By C. A. Challis on 30 Sept. 2013
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Very clever book that will continue to keep you guessing to the end, the way the story is written makes you feel like you know the people and the food makes you feel hungry for a taste.
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By FussyHussy on 24 Sept. 2013
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I adored this book! The characters are quirky but believable and I really could see this being made into a film which I would gladly go see.
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By hookorcrook on 17 Feb. 2013
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This was a very visual book - I could see it being made into a film very successfully. I enjoyed it even if the 'whodunnit' element was a bit contrived. Main characters were strongly individualised and funny.
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