Let He Who Is Without Genitals Cast the First Aspersion (4 stars)
I hadn’t heard of this author before, but with a review copy in hand, and not expecting much, I took a look. The writing was tight. The story flowed. The mystery was mysterious and the heroine had to work her way out of serious trouble as she dealt with the accidental death (or was it murder) of an estranged aunt. If you appreciate well-written English, I think you’ll like this book. I enjoyed translating a few Florida-isms to Texan, such as “dirt dauber” to “mud dauber” and “forenoon” to “morning”.
I felt I got to know the protagonist, Isabel, fairly well. I was especially taken by some of the humor in the book, such as “… it had taken Isabel several years to wonder whether seeing a married man every now and then, … was a healthy format for her love life.” My thinking about this was a diversion, but a pleasant one. Would it really take a woman several years rather than a day or a week? Smoke got in her eyes, I suppose. I’ll leave it to you to discover how Isabel deals with another old flame, as it is integral to the mystery.
I am glad to have discovered this author and plan to read more by her.