Probably next week Archy McNally's "Adventure of the Inverted Jennies" will flow completely out of my memory. So what? There are deserts that were so ..Show More »delightful I'll recommend them to everyone who asks. Deserts don't change lives. Don't direct or even inform them. But they can be delightful, huh?
That's what this craftily prepared story is… Archy lives in a note-perfect, imaginary culture that evokes Fred and Ginger twirling through platinum and crystal settings. Victor Bevine ices Sanders' cake thick with stylish characters who you'll see and hear and enjoy.
I'm off to download another order of Archy from the Lawrence Sanders' section of the Audio bookshelf. Dunno about you, but I may not remember the details of a perfect desert, yet when I see it on the menu, I'll order it quicker than the summer heat rises in posh Boca Raton.
Fun, Light-Hearted Romp Among the Palm Beach Elite
This is a fun entry in the Archie McNally series set amongst the rich of Palm Beach and a fumbling detective (Archie). It has the whole cast of eccen..Show More »tric characters of this long-running series in rare form. Of course rich people don't work with the police (even if it's murder), so everyone has to play a detecting role. You need to suspend a fair amount of belief here. The McNally franchise blends a lot of comedy with a mystery motif. It is getting a little dated (the technology used by the characters in the book is now ancient); so think of it as a 1970's period piece. The comedy outweighs the plot; so jump in and enjoy something very unserious!
Archie McNally's ridden in the car with me to vacations. This was the fifth, and maybe the last time. From the begining, the plot & why-dunnit's were ..Show More »obvious as a gold-digger's cleavage. Mr. Sander's imagination for mystery's gone flaccid. And Archie McNally, a young man trapped in the body of an old man, has become... well... old.
Worse yet, Sander's introduced a new character in "Trial" and that Binky guy's... well insufferable. His every appearance in the story wrenched me out of it, totally aware that Sanders was trying out writers' tricks. I'd rather he learn on someone else's Audible credit.
As usual, Victor Bevine's slick talent for doing voices, particularly Consuela's (Archie's girlfriend) almost saved this book... But after 4 other Archy adventures, well new words pasted over the identical melody were as boring, sometimes as painful, as hearing a song you once liked, played too many times.
Maybe a couple of years from now I'll give Archy McNally another visit. And maybe I'll replay an old recording I grew tired of... Maybe...
Unsurprisingly, Audible stopped offering McNally books with the next - the seventh in this series.
Not to worry... The 6th in this epic is my..Show More » last. Archie McNally was a traveling companion of mine as, twice a year I drove a couple thousand miles round trip to and from a vacation home. On each ride, I'd looked forward to having Victor Bevine tell me another of Lawrence Sanders McNally stories. Frankly, they helped keep me awake. You know, not so much adventure or cognitive discipline to distract from Interstate driving, but enough to tickle that part of my mind that needed support.
I noticed that 'McNally's Trial' - the fifth in this series was growing repetitive - but another meeting with Archie seemed like a tradition, so 'McNally's Puzzle' got packed with the road stuff. Pity. Sander's seems to have lost his imagination and Victor Bevine's reading brought nothing new to the adventure. So... sort of sadly, there won't be any more Archie on our future trips up and down America's east coast.
Sanders is out of steam, he phoned this one in. In fact, I'm surprised there was another McNally that followed it.