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text 2020-07-14 01:26
'The Last Of The Moon Girls' by Barbara Davis - abandoned at 25%
The Last Of The Moon Girls - Barbara Davis

The Last Of The Moon Girls' is a catchy title. The cover is eye-catching and has a wistful feel to it.


The premise also has promise: our heroine is the last of a long line of Moon women, each gifted in their own special way, who have lived at Moon Farm in a small New England town. She's stepped away from The Path, fleeing the farm after her grandmother is assumed to have murderer two dead girls whose bodies are found on the farm. Eight years later, after her grandmother's death, our heroine returns to tidy up affairs and stays to clear her grandmother's name.


Sounds like the basis for a good mystery/thriller with a twist of magic to add spice.


But it isn't.


From what I've seen so far, this is a romance. It's wrapped in an investigation into the murder of the two girls and tied up with a bow of pagan magic but its got in its DNA it's a Romance.


I could roll with that except I don't find the people believable. Our heroine seems barely to have grown up. The man helping her is so nice, butter wouldn't melt. The woman staying at the farm is a psychic from central casting.


Everything seems a little too neat and tidy to be real. It's like those shows on American TV where the actors all seem to have been taught the same set of facial expressions so that they can emote on command: I always know what they mean. I just don't believe they really mean it.


If you're looking for a cosy New England romance with a few trope twists and a garnish of mystery and magic then I think you'd enjoy 'The Last Of The Moon Girls'.


I'm setting it aside as a poor buying decision on my part or at least a poor selection from the free books Amazon offered this month.

 
 

 

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text 2020-07-13 11:41
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
The Last Of The Moon Girls - Barbara Davis

Ok. I think I get this now.

 

This is a romance. It's wrapped in an investigation into the murder of two girls and tied up with a bow of pagan magic but its got romance in its DNA.

 

So my earlier comments about it not feeling real need revision. It's not meant to be real. It's meant to evoke archetypes and twist tropes and it's doing that fairly well.

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text 2020-07-13 10:18
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
The Last Of The Moon Girls - Barbara Davis

I'm not sure this one is going to work for me.

 

It's an intriguing idea but everything seems a little too neat and tidy to be real. It's like those shows on American TV where the actors all seem to have been taught the same set of facial expressions so that they can emote on command: I always know what they mean. I just don't believe they really mean it.

I'll try a few more chapters and then decide if I'm in or out

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review 2020-07-09 21:07
The Circle of Footprints, Dana Girls #6
The Circle of Footprints - Mildred Benson,Carolyn Keene

Terrible news! The newspaper reports that a plane has crashed on the deck of the 'Balaska', their Uncle's ship, and injured several passengers. A telegram is delivered that day to inform Lettie Briggs that one of those (minorly) injured was her father. The telegram giving the news is delivered by the plane's pilot's son.

 

All in a typical day at the Starhurst School for Girls.

 

The telegram boy ends up getting fired for being slow to return from jobs (his bicycle tires were flat, and then the bicycle got hit by a truck - excuses, excuses). The Dana Girls (and Evelyn Star, before she gets tired and gets out of the mystery) take sympathy on him and want to pump him for more information about his bad pilot of a father.

 

At the boy's home, they find the house in disarray: "Mother would never leave the house untidy!" Sure enough, there's a crook tossing the place and he almost gets away with a tin box full of cash. Except he runs in a peculiar way, turning in a circle before running off.

 

There is some doubt as to who actually owns the money as it was obtained dishonestly. The girls are asked to find the real owners and foil some other crimes along the way.

 

This was ridiculous and fun, but there were two strikes against it. First, there is the black cook at Starhurst, Amanda, who had had a brief cameo in 'By the Light of the Study Lamp', whose man friend resorts to theft to keep her supplied with fancy cologne. Oh man. I've talked enough about that garbage this week. Next! The other, more minor point, but still pointing to some underlying cultural rot, is the character of Lettie Briggs. The girls are constantly thrown together, and when the girls should react with sympathy or admiration with each other, they fall back on snobbery and cold shoulders. When Lettie and Louise are caught in the crossfires of a mad woman accusing them of vandalism (somewhat accurately, but don't let's get into that now) to a policeman. Jean creates a distraction and allows them to make a run for it. Lettie is thrilled, but the Danas impatiently wait for her to leave them alone before getting on with business. Later, at a fancy dress dance where the girls partner the girls as was the custom at a girl's school, Lettie tries fighting off a prowler on the grounds. It's even the frontispiece picture, but no one comments on her efforts except to say she was clearly losing. Written nowadays, the girls would develop a grudging respect for each other at least.

 

Dana Girls

 

Next: 'The Mystery of the Locked Room'

 

Previous: 'The Secret at the Hermitage'

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text 2020-07-09 20:43
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