Catarina Lucas Loureiro Lucas Loureiro itibaren Lyssons, Jamaika
Very clever, and very funny. In this book, Lydia Adamson delivers some truly wonderful characters--and by "characters" I mean unusual, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-duplicated weirdos. The protagonist, Alice Nestleton, is a cynical yet oddly fanciful forty-something with a love of cats and a disregard for how a murder investigation "should" run. Tony Basilio, Alice's ex-lover, defies all explanations with his antics. Alice's cats, Bushy and Pancho, aren't really main players, but they deserve mention anyway. I was honestly reminded of my own cat as I read about them. The big case is certainly a big one, all right. Former ballet star, Peter Dobrynin, was found shot to death at Lincoln Center on Christmas Eve, and everyone's a suspect. When Alice's friend Lucia is arrested, Alice is called in to clear her name. And I can tell you right now, the resolution is not what you'd expect. The more I think about it, the more I really loved this book. It was a good mystery with great characters, priceless one-liners, a curve ball of an ending...I just might have to read the other books in the series!
Supposedly this is a legendary book but I found it nothing special. It's the kind of thing you would have to read in 9th grade and write a 3-page paper about. But I'm not sure what kind of 3-page paper I could even scrape out of it -- "Boy I hope there is never a nuclear war!" Anyhow I have read enough apocalyptic and end-of-the-world books to have given the topic some thought, and there is no way society would continue to function so smoothly and people would act so nobly in the face of the end of human existence.