I like the mystery setting of the small midwestern town; much like Swanson's Scumble River series, I like the setting and the characters-especially single gal Devereaux, who lives with her quirky grandmother, and owns the local dime store.
Don't tune out after the murder is "solved"-the ending is a doozy!
Devereaux will be every reader's favorite character-she is trying to start her life again in her home town after her stint working for a crooked investment backer in the city. And she is making a go of it, even with family baggage that doesn't easily go away in a small town. She really finds herself in a pickle, and has to rally all of her resources to solve the mystery of who killed her ex-boyfriend's fiancee!
I am a Vish Puri fan, and I love this book especially because his "Mummy" plays a big role in solving the mystery, or should I say mysteries...Tarquin Hall is such a good writer-his books are so descriptive, you feel you are experiencing everything with his rich, well-developed characters.
Vish Puri's Mummy-ji is always a favorite character, and she reveals a lot of her past. She was a bold young woman, helping other women during the partition times of the late 1940's. I'll say no more, so as not to give anything away, but I love the fact that she has such a strong story line in The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken.
I have many favorite scenes in this book; however, I must say that when Vish is left to read his mother's diary, this is my favorite part.
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book! While there are serious topics of murder, a look into the underworld of gambling in India, and the plight of young women, both Hindu and Muslim, in the time of the partition, not to mention Vish Puri's exploration of his feelings as an Indian going to Pakistan, Tarquin Hall provides us with some comic relief in the telling of the "moustache mystery" that Vish has been hired to solve, and the ever present weight issue that Vish's wife seeks to address.
Please don't stop bringing us Vish Puri mysteries!-That's my comment to the author and to Audible. And the reader is quite excellent, too!
I really like the reader; she is a fitting voice for Skye, the main character. The plot is a good one, and Denise Swanson's writing is clever.
I love Skye, the protagonist. I think most Scumble River readers will agree, as we like to follow her escapades!
Christine Leto IS Skye's voice, as far as I am concerned. Even when I read the Scumble River books that are not on audiotape, I "hear" Christine Leto
I really enjoyed this twists and turns at the spa. What a great setting!
I'd love to have all of the Scumble River books on audiotape! As they are not all available, that is my suggestion! They have an audience.
I loved the reader with the lilting Irish accents. It added so much to the story of these rich characters in Ireland. It is a very descriptive book, and the reader just takes you right there to the streets of Ireland.
I loved the characters-so divergent. I loved the vehicle of the tea room to bring them together. I always love stories about the richness of day to day living, and the power of the individual to make meaningful changes.
I loved the whole story line of Sophie, the overweight and overworked woman who finds out her husband is having an affair. She evolved with such dignity and such creativity! I don't want to give away the details of my favorite scene and be a spoiler!
I wanted to listen all in one setting, but I was not able to. This is a book you can't wait to get back to!
I would listen to this book again, because it is a charming story read delightfully! It was so engaging, I had to plug my ipod into my car stereo-I couldn't put it down! (I can't wait to follow up by seeing the film; I believe the reader is in the 2007 film of the same name!)
It was splendid to her Ms. Pettigrew's thoughts as she encounters new situations for the first time at age 40-nightclubs, cocktails...No film could capture that!
The last chapter was my favorite; it had a fairy-tale, happy ending quality, without being overly sentimental or sappy.
I will never forget Miss Pettigrew! She embodies being open to new experience while being true to yourself.
I am a 49 year old woman who works hard each day, and Miss Pettigrew appealed to me as a 40 year old character who steps out of herself, decides to be open-minded, make new friends, and go where life leads her (taking her common sense with her). That is a pleasurable thought!
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