After thirty five
years of marriage to her surgeon husband Ted, May Bell List finds herself
traded in for a series of silicone sylphs. So after a brief but satisfying
vendetta, she sets out across country in Ted's "STUD DOC" '68 Camaro
convertible and winds up taking an apartment in a California Active Seniors center.
And wasn't she sorry
that she signed that lease?
As soon as she moves
in, May Bell finds herself surrounded by odd neighbors: inedible-cookie-baking-queen Ida,
owl-eyed-walker-wielding Fanny, Mr. and Mrs. "loud-Mariachi-music-in-the-pre-dawn-hours" and their little yapper of
a dog Paco, "I've got Viagra" Grady, and senile part-time nudist
What?!'". Not to mention Mrs. Berkowitz, a scary fruitcake of an old
hag who seems to have an eerie hold on the other members of the living
complex. She stares at May Bell as if she knows all her deepest,
darkest secrets; then begins to taunt her with them, naming the unknowable
Is Mrs. Berkowitz
psychic, psychotic, or both? It's up to May Bell to find out!
worked for me:
I gobbled up "Death for Dessert" in one sitting.
It was the funniest thing I've read in a while!
If nothing else, the
messages I took away from this book were a) I'd rather be living alone
with 23 cats in my blue-hair days than move into a retirement village and
risk having neighbors like Mrs. Berkowitz and Bob What-What, and b) I
should invest in Oil of Olay, stock and product.
Size-wise May Bell was
plump, but lost a bit of weight worrying over her life.
What didn't work for me:
I've still got images of Bob What-What wearing some of his most revealing attire floating before my eyes.
Engaging characters, clever
prose, and fun surprises make "Death for Dessert" a do-not-miss for fans
of quirky cozy mysteries!
Warning: there is some weight loss in this book.
If you liked
"Death for Dessert" you might also enjoy
the Odelia Grey mystery series,
"The Southern Sisters" mystery series or "The Gumshoe Girls".
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