Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: Stealing Lumby by Gail Fraser

Just a dot on the map of the northwest, Lumby looms big in the hearts of its residents. The townsfolk consider each other family as well as friends. And though the annual cow race can bring out the competitiveness in people, when times get tough, there is no better person to turn to than your nearest neighbor.

Lumby is thrown into the spotlight when one of the most important paintings of the twentieth century, The Barns of Lumby, is stolen. Town matriarch Charlotte Ross has a very personal connection to the painting-and to the artist, Dana Porter. And as a media frenzy descends on the little town, one of the actual barns disappears overnight from the rural landscape-and pieces of it begin showing up in the strangest places.

Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets three stars. Although it is part of a series, this charming addition works equally wells a stand alone book. The characters were fun, and the text had a nice flow and friendly feel. I enjoyed the reappearance of the clips from the town paper, The Lumby Lines. The yummy sounding recipes at the end of the book were also a nice find. This is a cute, lighter read, perfect for summer reading.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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