Monday, November 16, 2009
While figuring out the most recent murder, Brandy and Vivian go back and forth to the flea market selling their wares. There is one special, priceless book in one of the flee market booths. It's a book from the Tarzan series. How much does this book play in the murder of one of the neighbors? I can't tell you. I will tell you there is an untimely death brought about by Cyanide. Vivian knows all about Cyanide because she loves Agatha Christie plus Vivian is an actress.
I loved the book because both Vivian and her daughter, Brandy, suffer with mental illness. Not wanting to be politically incorrect I have to admit Vivian's bipolar state just adds to her strong, melodramatic personality. To get through it all Brandy takes Prozac. I must not forget Sushi, the lap pup. Sushi just adds to the cute element of the book especially when Brandy makes him a winter Christmas coat with five legs. She made that mistake because she was looking at some mystery drama while knitting the Christmas gift.
What did I have against the book? Not much at all. It is really funny. However, I did choose it for the Christmas element. It's not very much Christmas stuff in it until the very end. It's as if the author forgot about Christmas and started throwing in that element at the last moment. Even the cover does not look like Christmas. The cover is red. That's about it. There is not a Christmas ball, no Christmas wreath or garland or tree on the covr.There is just Sushi sitting in a fancy chair. I think there is another edition of the book that looks more like a holiday book.
These are small matters. It's a fun mystery with fun people. Oh, at the end of every chapter is a different way to make flee marketing more fun. After reading these hints, you are more likely to come home with some real treasures. I already have the other book by Barbara Allan on hold at the library. By the way, Merry Christmas!