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Miami Mummies: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery by [Silkstone, Barbara]
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Miami Mummies: A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery (5 Book Series)

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J0L6P40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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By Blue Dolphin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
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This is the fourth instalment of the Wendy Darlin adventures (I haven't read the others) but it is intended to be a stand-alone book. Wendy is a real estate broker dealing in expensive mansions in the Miami area. She has an on-again/off-again relationship with a prominent archaeologist called Roger Jolley who is a Johnny Depp look-alike. Hmm, that's a stroke against him in my book, however …

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.
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The Wendy Darlin Series is my very favorite Comedy Mystery series, so naturally I was thrilled to see the release of book four. Miami Mummies has all the trademark Silkstone qualities: clever wordplay, lots of action, dry wit as well as slapstick, and references to film and other media that you have to be on the ball to get. Her books aren't for slouches - though manage to be extrememly accessible at the same time. Miami Mummies is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, so there lots of subtle, and not so subtle, references to his characters and films, which makes this book seem more...thoughtful, for lack of a better word. Not to say Silkstone doesn't pause in the midst of the hilarity in all her books to have the heroine reflect on deeper matters, but MM, much like the first in the series, Wendy and the Lost Boys, has more introspection, which I really enjoyed. It's a poignancy that gives the story weight - a thing one isn't likely to find in other Com/Mys series. All in all, this one is a great addition to what was previously a fine trilogy. Looking forward to #5!
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I received this as a gift and must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is Alfred Hitchcock and twilight zone in one book. It's very funny, well written, and once I started reading it, I had to find out what happened next..and the ending..well just awesome! This book has mystery, comedy, and romance. I would highly recommend this book as well as the other Wendy Darlin books.
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As always Wendy hits the ground running. She just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with hormones raging. Ms. Silkstone's plots are character driven and I am not sure she has any control over Wendy at all. She is a smart, take control type of heroine and doesn't let anything get in her way, besides holes in fabric, water in her face, or heights.

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.
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Characters are seamlessly slid into the narrative without any sense of contrivance and yet so naturally within the course of events that I found the whole thoroughly plausible, albeit laced with a unique and refreshing sense of humour.

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.
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