Series: Hawkenlye #2
I was disappointed in this installment. The solution to the mystery involved a lot of new age stuff with twins and mind readers and I just wasn’t impressed. It also wasn’t entirely clear but a point of the plot hinged on missing “undergarments” which, it being 1191, sounds like the author might have been thinking with a modern mindset although perhaps I’m wrong. I’m not giving up on the series though and plan to read the next one.
I read this for the booklikes-opoly square Main Street 11 (from the July 4th free move) “Read a book…that was written by an author who was born before 1955". Alys Clare (Elizabeth Harris) was born in 1944. At 265 pages, that’s $6 for my bank, bringing my new total to $190.
I absolutely loved this novel. It was fun, entertaining, captivating and it was delightful. It was a journey that had me turning the pages so fast, it was over before I knew it.
It was fun in the way that sixteen-year-old Zany and twelve-year-old Fella took off with Mama Lacy ashes on a mission to fulfill her last wishes by scattering her remains where she wanted to be. Entertaining because this mission involved many people, where they meet a police officer, where Zany drives a semi-truck, where they go shopping filling up a cart to the top and it didn’t cost them anything, where the conversations are endless and I learned a great deal about these young girls and their lives. It was captivating as I couldn’t put this novel down as the opening pages started with Zany snatching Mama Lacy off the mantel and the girls jumping into Mrs. Madison’s car. Haberdashery is making noise out in the yard and they can’t take him back inside for fear that they will wake up Mrs. Madison and blow their cover, so inside the car he goes, they now have a dog along on their trip. There is talk of a Mama Shannon amongst the girls, this woman I don’t know anything about but as the conversation continues I realize that she is Zany’s mother and that she loved Mama Lacy. Mama Lacy was Fella’s mother and she loved Mama Shannon. The four of them used to live under the same roof but that was before cancer took Mama Lacy away and that was before Mrs. Madison took Fella away from her remaining family. I love listening to the girls and their spunky conversation in the car. Fella is hoping that Zany had a plan when she picked today to start off on this trip and she does have a plan, to get the ashes to Asheville but it all the incidentals along the way that cause the glitches for the girls. It was delightful as it was an enjoyable read: it was exciting, it was comical at times and a very interesting read. What a fantastic novel, a good feel book for me. I highly recommend this novel.
As part of my weekend rolls, I landed on Paradise Pier 30. At first I thought the easiest thing would be to read a book that has more than 555 pages, but the one that I was thinking of (that I have a paper copy of) is a thousand page brick to lug around: World Without End by Ken Follett. The others are all ebooks, and although I'm pretty sure they'd all qualify, I'm not sure I want to use them for that square.
So I tried paging through books tagged as "suspense" on GR to see if anything was on my to-read shelf and it looks like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is an option since it's currently available at my library. Most of the other options that were on my shelves I've already read.
Most mystery books should probably have a twist but it's a little hard to tell in advance. If it's not too much Poirot in a row, I could try The A.B.C. Murders or I could try another mystery like Ashes of the Elements by Alys Clare.
So, would anyone care to weigh in? Should I go for the $10 prize or stick to something a little less weighty?
Edit: My other long but less weighty choices: