Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review and Giveaway: For Glory by Elisabeth Lee

"I deal with other people by keeping secrets. Bottom line: I do not like people knowing what I do for a living, how much money I make, my age, or marital status. So I lie. I think of it as acting. All good poker players act. I am a very good poker player." Returning to Kansas from San Francisco after the death of her mother Carlyle Hudson encounters two mysteries: one from her mother's past, and one right in front of her. Who is the source of the ominous demands that she Pay Up?



The author generously provided me with a copy of the book for review.

The publisher really needed to have the proofreader go over this again as he or she evidently didn't do a very good job the first time through. There were numerous proofreading errors, almost on every page, which really took away from the enjoyment of the story. I also felt that maybe it needed another trip through the editing department as well since it was a bit too descriptive in spots while leaving out big chunks of time at other points which really affected the flow and readability.

The main character was quite different than other mystery sleuths. She had a hint of Agatha Raisin to her at the beginning. She was unpredictable and perhaps not particularly likable at times. I, personally, would not want to be friends with her. She did like animals, which is a big plus in any character. Although, at one point she waited overnight to take her injured (by a car!) dog to a vet. Hello! Who does that? Why would anyone in their right mind wait? That's just thoughtless at best and sick at worst.

I got quite a kick out of L & L, Lyle's aunts, and their various businesses, including a racy chocolate candy line. They seem like they'd be fun to know in real life! I also really enjoyed Lyle's green, cat pee scented defensive spray! Definitely one you don't want to spill in your purse!

This one gets six stars. It was a completely different premise from any other mystery I've ever read and the characters were very intriguing. Lyle Hudson seems to be the anti-Stephanie Plum, for sure. This was a bit lengthy for me, but it was a nice read with a surprise ending that really was a surprise!

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆



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