Damsels in Distress [Pdf Read]

I wish I knew just what it is that makes me dislike the Claire Malloy mysteries Sometimes I think they re mildly misogynisticbut this time I think it s really that they re misanthropic in general The characters who ought to be zany #are far darker and meaner spirited than that They have an oozing dark center lie without compunction #far darker and meaner spirited than that They have an oozing dark center lie without compunction goes nosing around with a rather unkind interest and since she s so good at solving mysteries I can t figure out why the police haven t encouraged her to join rather than trying to restrain her Her relationship with her daughter is very well done though I guess I just like fantasy that istrustworthy people in my mystery series Plus everything is held up for mean spirited ridicule here from Ren Faires to teachers to community theatre to mothers to people who make their own soap Mean mean meanRead via Hoopla from my public library excellent audio by C J Critt who really makes the characters appealing than I find them on the page Rating PG 13 appropriate for middle school through adult 1st person narrativeLimited strong language Instead the main character Claire will report that she used a variety of Anglo Saxon words to express herself Thank ou Ms HessNo sexNo graphic violence this is a whodunit not a police proceduralPlot no spoilersOnce again Claire is present or uncomfortably nearby when a this is a whodunit not a police proceduralPlot no spoilersOnce again Claire is present or uncomfortably nearby when a or two are committed much to the disgust of her long suffering detective fianc Peter This time it s in the midst of a Renaissance Fair among its eccentric participants I personally enjoy the amusing descriptions of situations provided by Joan Hess as well as the verbal sparring between Claire and her often obnoxious teenage daughter Caron My Rantcom do somethingThis book needs editing Joan Hess is too seasoned a writer to have been responsible for the mistakes found in the kindle version therefore whoever was supposed to have formatted it for the E Book did a substandard job A clue that sloppy writing is not the culprit is that the mistakes are not of the standard spelling errors such as mixing up theretheirthey re or itsit s 1 Throughout the book one character is variously referred to as Angie or Angle book one character is variously referred to as Angie or Angle oddly enough never Angel 2 Within a biker group s description gay was added A Renaissance Fair is coming to the relatively uiet college town of Farberville Arkansas which is not the sort of news that usually sets local bookseller Claire Malloy's heart racing But with Caron Claire's perpetually petulant teenage daughter being pulled into volunteering or face the horror of doing homework over the summer and her fiance Police Lieutenant Peter Rosen away Claire finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair But just as Claire has decided Damsels in DistressOr no apparent reason confusing the reader 3 Random extra letters or numbers were added to words as well as weirdest of all the letter g extra letters or numbers were added to words as well as weirdest of all the letter g subscript which shows up every once in awhile after the period at the end of sentences4 The numeral 1 and the letter I are not interchangeable nor are they near one another on a keyboard Ignoring the formatting problems this is one fun book read It s not Shakespeare although the Bard is Enjoy I enjoyed the story line of this book and most of the characters in the book Have Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you ever read a book whereou get so involved that a character just ticks Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you off Her daughter is a brat and needs a wake up call and hope she rethinks her relationship with her fiance Other than them I really enjoyed the book Rating 325 of fiveClaire Malloy bookselling sleuth of the Farberville Book Depot returns for her umpty zillionth murder investigation well okay only the sixteenth but this time at a shudder Renaissance FaireNow seriously Have any of all been to a Renaissance Faire Have ou not wished intensely for a lethal weapon and civil and criminal immunity Milady Larchblossom And The Baron Uonsethut Oof the Baron uonsethut oof as Claire snooped about I found myself suirming in discomfort at the faux olde tyme speak the cultists used though not consistently to the editor s lasting shame and the instant sense memory of being at one of these events in Texas in heat just like Hess describesI can t think how anyone could want to don Northern European clothing from the era before central heating in the American South My daughter who belongs to one of these organizations and is uite renowned for her fighting prowess will end up being Lanya one of the characters but hopefully with better behaved childrenThe mystery here is a murder well two and the resolution was neat and tidy and strained credulity to the absolute minimum possible in a series where the sleuth is engaged to a police officer who does not chain her to her doorhandle to prevent her from messing around with crimeI recommend this book without a blush Newbies start with Strangled Prose and move forward as haphazardly as ou wish Just an okay mystery The characters are funny but there were so many characters that it was difficult to keep everyone. Hat her time might be better spent fretting over the details of her upcoming nuptials one of the volunteers helping with the Ren Fair falls victim to arson her body found burned in the wreckage of her rented home Even stranger none of the members of the local chapter of The Association for Renaissance Scholarship and Enlightenment ARSE the group putting on Farberville's first RenFair had ever met the woman in the flesh and can't provide any information about who she is and where she came from Howev. Straight The conversations between characters seemed at sometimes to be stilted Who talks like that Otherwise enjoyable I Picked This Book Up picked this book up one of those little free libraries on my street It is not really something I normally up one of those little free libraries on my street It is not really something I normally have looked for It was a decent enough book my first time reading this author At times the humour factor was really great and I found myself actually laughing out loud in places The story line was 2 stars for a book in which the protagonist is annoying and not particularly believable Amateur sleuths always need a connection to someone in law enforcement but it is not okay for said sleuth to break the law as this one does while engaged to a detective No way would they still be together I m all for independent women but Malloy shows little respect for her lover and since this is 16 he would have been fired long before this for allowingcondoning Malloy s illegal activities The mystery part was reasonably interesting The main character however was awful She was unpleasant pretentious and utterly mirthless I found myself actively rooting for her to get jailed She gave enough cause between the breaking and entering the impersonation to illegally gain access to private mental health files and of course the hacking into a state government database The idea that any police detective would marry her and compromise his job is unbelievable She didn t have a single good uality that would mitigate the sneakiness abrasiveness and pomposity that defined her actions throughout the book I discovered the late and great Joan Hess several Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye years back with her Maggody series After taking a huge pause in reading mysteries I picked up this up at the not so local somewhat rural library a few months ago to read with my 15o Suggestive at times but overall a clean read Clever definitely witty Claire s relationship with her own daughter and solid romance with the detective ar This was my first Claire Malloy mystery I enjoyed the comedy and wit between characters like the jester s dialogue with Claire about the unicycle However I did fine that this story dragged in the middle I liked Claire s clever solution to the hostage situation and the ending but think the story would have benefitted from being compac. Er someone is definitely dead and the fire looks very suspicious but is it murder When the fair opens tensions expose the dark secrets and malevolent schemes that lurk beneath the superficial congeniality of the ARSE members The lords are leaping the ladies are lying and the knights are fighting while someone is committing murder most heinous And with Claire's dreams of a blissful wedding hanging in the balance she has no choice left but to fling herself into the battle and match wits with the kill.