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This is a piece of silly fluff really. The premise of finding a body and feeling you have to solve the crime is silly to start with, but while fresh out from chemotherapy it's unthinkable. I found the book supremely irritating, because I really have had breast cancer, and there isn't a woman alive who still has to wear a wig after chemo who can 'almost forget she'd had cancer'. Pur-lease. Write what you know. That throwaway, ill thought out line and the ridiculous energy of the heroine (energy which no survivor has at that stage of their recovery) ended any enjoyment for me.
A mystery that starts off a little slow, but finally escalates in action. I'm not sure that I bought Hannah as a character, struggling breast cancer survivor with an insatiable need to know the truth about a body she has found. However it was a good enough read.
Once again I'm at odds with popular tastes in fiction, having detested this book. Hannah the Detective was such a whiny spoiled brat (cancer notwithstanding), that I wanted to punch her every few pages. She comes across as an adult that needs babysitting by any available adult - husband? sister in law? random dude? otherwise some petulant decision or another leads to various ridiculous 'dangerous' circumstances. I'm incredulous that other people rate it so highly. Add the cliched characters and 'mystery' plot and it's a total dud of a novel.
It's not the caliber of P.D. James but is a comfortable read that moves forward at a good pace creating interest in the primary character. Finding a body in an old cistern in a country field of a small town creates the excitement. It's a good description of the clannishness that often exists in a small country town. The closer I came to the end the more difficult it was to put it down. I lost a sense of time and suddenly looked at the clock and saw it was midnight when I'm usually asleep by 10:00 A primary question to be resolved is whether or not it was murder or suicide. Some good love plots here and there and a sense that all's well that ends well in the well.
• ISBN-10: 9780440235170 • ISBN-13: 978-0440235170 Marcia Talley Sing it to her bones How spoiled and irritating is Hanna Ives. No wonder her daughter ran away, comes back, and runs away again. However, people in pain and/or after an ordeal like breast cancer surgery may act strangely when having pain and/or using narcotics. Hanna is in recovery from breast cancer and the requisite surgery. She is sore where her scar is but she has movement. She rushes off to Connie in Pearson's Corner, who lives on her husband’s family farm. Connie cossets her. Hanna takes the family dog for a walk. The dog noses around a cistern. When Hanna uncovers it she finds a body floating in it. The who and why are the basis of the book. Those involved finally know who the victim is/was. The questions continue with why. There is much of Hanna running around the little area of the town and finding herself in perplexing situations, with one being life threatening. In spite of her pain, Hanna is able to escape once with her life, but not her purse and time with craft and strength. The story grinds on with worry about her teacher-husband; about who the “bad” guys are, and how to get out of tight spots while doing major healing. Maybe, she is mostly healed so that she can save herself and Connie from drowning.
The book started a bit slow but was fully blossomed by Ch. 7, if not a little before. It moved into a gripping murder mystery, featuring ominous and plausible evil-doers who are driven by carelessness and greed into the dilemmas that they feel that they must murder themselves out of. Their crimes have a backdrop of small town Americana, which adds a touch of innocence. All of the characters have sufficient depth and motivation, except for Liz, whose rapaciousness and murderous instincts are only explained by her intense need to be admitted to Harvard Law. On the other hand, maybe that does explain her, after all!
With the wonderful world of sailing in Maryland as the background, Talley introduces Hannah Ives, a breast cancer survivor. Talley and I are both breast cancer survivors and I thank her for taking us into Hannah's world with both passion and humor.
To set the scene: Hannah is fired from her office-manager job and decides to reclaim her life by visiting her sister-in-law, Connie. She almost loses her life while investigating murder.
This is a great fast-read. Here is an example of the author's style and sense of humor:
"I raided Connie's medicine cabinet that night - slim pickings- I can tell you. Rooting through left over vials of prescription medication that had been lying around since the Nixon administration, my hopes were raised when I discovered a brown plastic container labeled 'percocet' hidden behind a blue jar that might once have held noxema, but with the exception of some tell-tale dust at the bottom, the percocet container was empty. I fought the urge to dip into it with a wet finger. I had to settle for a nearly empty bottle of aspirin that had expired in 1995."
This title was published in 1999 and the series is still being written. But some titles are available only from Amazon.com Sellers. However, I have had excellent results with the sellers. So don't miss this series.
Added note: Tag suggestions, "lesbian fiction," and "lesbian detectives" are incorrect.
Slow start and lots of dialogue. Characters are well developed. Another case of a civilian solving a murder. I found it difficult to like the main character. She has been through a lot, but found her distrust of her husband difficult to accept.
The storyline is great, and Hannah's voice was so real to me. A lot of description detail that sometimes bogged the story down for me, but other readers very well might like that detail. The story of Hannah's daughter Emily could have been fleshed out more, since from Hannah 's perspective that relationship was what kept her looking for answers to what happened to Katie. All in all, a very enjoyable read.
This is an excellent first novel by the author, and the first novel in the Hannah Ives series. I purchased the novel after reading "I'd Kill for That," a round robin mystery edited by the author.
The plot is set in a small town in Maryland. Hannah Ives has gone to stay with her sister-in-law. When a body is discovered, an old case is reopened, and suspicion falls on a number of people. Everyone is not as they seem. A lot of information was covered up eight years earlier, and things are going on in the small town. Hannah finds her own life in danger as she opens up a can of worms.
The author is from the area used for the setting. It can be assumed some portions of the plot are drawn from her own experience. The story is well crafted.