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Miami Mummies: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The story begins promisingly enough with plenty of energy and an intriguing scene: Wendy finds her high-school pal and client Tippy Henman in a parking lot, splattered with blood and standing over a man with a knife in his chest. Wendy calls 911 (a favourite activity of hers to the point that one wonders why she doesn't have them on speed-call) and runs to support a fainting Tippy. When the police arrive, they misread the situation and start treating Wendy as the assassin. This allows for plenty of smart-ass repartee and establishes Wendy as a spirited heroine with a penchant for getting into trouble, and the Miami police as bumbling idiots.
Amusing up to a point and I'm sure it's a cultural thing, but I did not find the humour that compelling. Silkstone has a way with words, she can twist a sentence and inject irony and sarcasm into the most mundane of situations, but it felt like she was tickling my ribs, willing me to laugh, and it wasn't happening. Sorry, Barbara! I appreciate the intent but it didn't fully succeed with me. There is nothing really wrong with the story. It clips along at a good pace, there are plenty of sideshows and each character has a well-defined personality. It's just that it's so predictable, the caricatures are so unimaginative, and the clichés so tired.Read more ›
The twists are surprising as the puns and plays on words stimulate the reader's interests; one will not be bored as they turn each page to find out what will happen to the characters, mummies and if the sneaky murderous theif will be caught in time before another is killed. The adventures are fast paced and the reader will be surprised when the story concludes. All in all a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended for all ages. "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review."
The style is crisp and accessible, driving the narrative forward at a pace and yet with sufficiently acute observation of character to help the reader 'live alongside' Wendy as she acts and reacts towards all those who populate the novel and come into her life.
From the beginning, we have an incisive dry humour which is set against the more graphic scene of a crime, the victim "lying in a pool of blood" close to her real estate client Tippy Henman, "an obscenely erect knife hanging out of his lower belly". Not quite a lunchtime aperitif but when Silkstone so deftly inserts "If he wasn't dead, he was certainly thinking about it..." it is impossible not to smile broadly amongst the roadside mayhem. I so like the continuous understatement which permeates the initial chapters.
The "vertigo" which Wendy suffers and of which we learn as she seeks her doctor's advice about her supposed pregnancy, again carries this delicious sense of humour; the narrator being able almost to laugh at herself or, at least, not take herself too seriously as she "switched from tomb to womb" while, at the same time, subtly reminding of the homage to Hitchcock theme through the novel.
I found myself soon drawn into a thoroughly engaging and powerful narrative.
Miami Mummies is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock with character names such as Alfred Hiccup, Tippy Henman, Gary Grant, and Stewart James. Tippy's construction site, where the mummies were found, is the old Bates Hotel. In a secondary plot Alfred Hiccup, Wendy's mentor, recruits her to repossess, it's not stealing if it was originally stolen from him, a bronze Remington statue that has been located in the lobby of the Cowboy Pension Fund on the top floor of the North by Northwest Financial Center in Miami. You can tell Ms. Silkstone had a lot of fun weaving this story and the Hitchcock elements together. I found myself chuckling through it all.
This is not just slapstick humor, there is a good mystery, unscrupulous political figures, evil lobbyists, a spoiled heiress, and a radical spinoff tribe of Seminole Native Americans trying to protect what may be an old Tequesta Indian burial site. Unfortunately, Roger Jolley is away on other mummy business involving the world's most notorious mummy thief, Kyzer Saucy, who wishes to totally eliminate Roger by crafting an exotic demise. However, when he hears about the archaeological finds around Miami he joins Wendy in her quest to get to the truth about the Miami mummies.
I was glad to see more of Kit Kennedy in this book. He is a lot of fun to have around. I did fear for his safety a time or two through some of the plot twists. Ms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only read if you've got a great sense of humour and intend to laugh out loud and embarrass yourself. Barbara Silkstone has a written another fantastic Wendy Darling caper. Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by lisa
If you're a fan of mystery and looking for Sherlock Holmes, move along now. If you're more entertained by a mix of the Pink Panther, Three Stooges, with a little Lucille Ball... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by NYM
The Wendy Darlin Series is my very favorite Comedy Mystery series, so naturally I was thrilled to see the release of book four. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Georgina Young-Ellis
Absolutely loved this book. The only problem? Its too short. Could have read 3 times the pages. You'll love it too if you like fast pacing, non-stop action and mummies! Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Skeeter
I received this as a gift and must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is Alfred Hitchcock and twilight zone in one book. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Sandy D
This Wendy Darlin story had me in Giggles from the beginning. While her boyfriend Roger Jolly is out of the country chasing the Mastermind Criminal Kyzer Saucy, Wendy is back home... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Yvonne
Wendy Darlin is back, and she's found herself right in the middle of a turf war. Sort of. Tippy Henman, an old classmate, bought a patch of land through Wendy, promising her now... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by Alisha Bookseller