Monday, February 21, 2011
Book Review: Dearly Departed by Tristi Pinkston
From the back of the cover:
Ida Mae Babbit has done her community service and is a reformed woman--no more law-breaking for her. But when Arlett's granddaughter Eden discovers a mystery in a fancy nursing home, Ida Mae--with the perfect excuse of a broken wrist and a broken ankle--checks herself into the place. After all, it is for the greater good. Soon she's buzzing around in her motorized wheelchair, questioning the residents and swiping files form the office. She's bound and determined to get to the bottom of this case. But can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?
I'm not big on mysteries, but this book had me turning the pages as quickly as I could.
The characters are very well developed and believable. They had me laughing all the way through. Pinkston did an excellent job as director of her book, casting every character as she kept an enjoyable pace.
Ida Mae is this crotchety old woman who speaks her mind, but with a twist of humor. She is so likable that I wish she was a real person. Eden is a sweet young lady who has the strong desire to help others and goes beyond herself to do so. There is never a dull a moment.
There is a part that pulled me out of the story. Ida Mae meets with Dr. Greene out on the beautiful patio. It is washed with warm sunshine, surrounded by lush greenery. Ida Mae wondered why they didn't meet in the office instead. The scene closes as she leaves the doctor's office. This book is so well-written, it had me wondering if maybe it was just me?
I really enjoyed how the author salted words outside my vocabulary range such as chartreuse, and octogenarian. The word fractious even had Ida Mae's doctor scrambling to squeeze her into his already booked day--and he doesn't know what it means. I'm not alone.
Just when I thought I had things figured out in this mystery, Tristi Pinkston throws in an unexpected twist that made the read all the more exciting.
Visit Tristi Pinkston on her website: tristipinkston.com, and her blog at Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author.
Dearly Departed is a fun, witty, intelligent read!
Add this to your reads!