April 1, 2006

Thale's Folly

Thale's Folly by Dorothy Gilman
Finished on 3/31/06
Rating: B+ (7/10 Good)

I can’t remember the first time I heard about Dorothy Gilman and her Mrs. Polifax series, but somewhere recently I stumbled upon Thale’s Folly (not part of the Polifax series) and thought I’d give it a go. This is a perfect rainy-day “cozy” (read: gentle mystery) that was delightfully entertaining. No blood and guts. No child-porn rings. No serial murderers. Just a simple mystery with charming characters (with enchanting names no less - Gussie, Miss L’Hommedieu, Leo and Tarragon) and wonderful descriptions, both of setting and characters. A bit predictable, yet not so much as to spoil the story. Now I’m anxious to get in to the Mrs. Polifax series. When did I become such a mystery lover?? They're so much fun!

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