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Bell, Book, and Scandal Hardcover – Large Print, Feb 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587245787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587245787
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 485 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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“Jane Jeffrey is irresistible!” (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine )

“Churchill delivers a satisfying plot laced with subtle humor and some enjoyable gothic flourishes.” (Publishers Weekly )

“Churchill is the master of the suburban mystery.” (Tulsa World ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

In addition to her popular Grace & Favor mystery series, Jill Churchill is the author of the bestselling Jane Jeffry mystery series. She is the recipient of both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Mystery Readers Award. Churchill lives in the Midwest.

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On a surprisingly mild day late in February, Jane sat out on her kitchen porch waiting for her next-door neighbor and best friend Shelley Nowack to come home. Read the first page
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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Hardcover
After reading the other reviews, I took out the book from the library and I'm glad I did. Even in large print it was a quick read at 220 pages. It wasn't up to the quality of Jill Churchill's other titles in this series or the Grace and Favor books.
The dialog was stilted, the characters were one-dimentional and the writing style so different from Churchill's usual, that it was hard to believe she had actually written it. I agree with a previous reviewer that Jane is very out-of-character when she prepares for a night with Mel. Their relationship was very realistic for older adults. Now Mel seems like an old shoe--use him when there is nothing better and then he disappears. Actually, both Jane and Shelley were like two strangers in this book. I enjoyed their easy friendship and it was lacking.
Most of all, the shoddy research bothered me. Anyone who has read (or seen) Sherlock Holmes stories knows that his rag-tag group of street urchins was called the Baker Street Irregulars. Churchill mistakenly calls them the Bow Street Runners, not once but twice. All it would have taken was a quick trip to Google to discover that they were the early form of the London CID and were adult constables, not children. Wait for the next book!
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Format: Hardcover
As Jill Churchill herself says in Bell, Book and Scandal, "Every writer writes a bad book sooner or later." Whoops, it's your turn Ms. Churchill. The inside flap of the hard cover edition of this book mentions a "killer" and a "murderer." Whoever wrote the copy for the book's cover made the same assumption I did without reading the book: that this would be a typically good Jill Churchill "cozy murder mystery." At the risk of sounding blood-thirsty, I was disappointed to find out there wasn't going to be any murder involved in this one. But did the worst crime committed have to be malicious mischief and clumsiness?
Some of Ms. Churchill's strength as a writer is made evident by the pleasure we, the readers, derive from the simple act of following her characters through some pretty mundane stuff. A reader who started way back with Grime and Punishment understands the serial nature of the books, and appreciates being included in the happenings that form the gentle rhythm of Jane's life - in between murders that is. The purchase of her new Jeep early in the book gave us vicarious pleasure because we have all driven around with Jane in her old brown station wagon for many years. But enough is enough. I was disappointed that throughout Bell, Book and Scandal, we are treated to the excitement of one meal after another, after another. I'll bet Ms. Churchill was on a diet when she wrote the book because every other word from the main characters is, "let's eat." I'm going to go back and count how many times I endured a description of a meal or a snack or even just drinks in the pages of this non-murder mystery. Way, way too many.
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Format: Hardcover
Do not buy this book if you are a fan of the author's previous books in the Jane Jeffry series. This one is awful. I don't care that it set AT a mystery books convention but I do care that the author forgot she was writing a mystery. There is a lot of technical detail about how to get started in publishing your book and tips on grammar, but that was NOT what I bought the book for. It was a huge disappointment. Where is the family we've been hearing about in the past books? Where is the status of her relationship with Detective Van Dyne? Poor Mel was described in this book only as "Jane's longtime lover." Her characters were poorly developed and the "clues" weren't to be found anywhere because there were none. Had I wanted a tutorial on publishing or tips on grammar I would have looked elsewhere for that information. The emphasis on this information in this book was way overdone. If this had been the first Jill Churchill book I had ever read, I absolutely would not buy more of her books. It is not up to par in any way. Perhaps a wannabe writer (a friend of Churchill's?) has penned this book under the Churchill name. If I'm wrong and Churchill actually wrote this book to sell as a mystery, she should be ashamed of herself.
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By Sara P. Long on March 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Do not buy this book if you are a fan of the author's previous books in the Jane Jeffry series. This one is awful. I don't care that it set at a mystery books convention but I do care that the author forgot she was writing a mystery. There is a lot of technical detail about how to get started in publishing and there are lots of tips on grammar, but that was NOT what I bought the book for. It was a huge disappointment. Where is the family we've been hearing about in the past books? Where is the status of her relationship with Detective Van Dyne? Poor Mel was described in this book only as "Jane's longtime lover." Her characters were poorly developed and the "clues" weren't to be found anywhere because there were none. Had I wanted a tutorial on publishing or tips on grammar I would have looked elsewhere for that information. The emphasis on this information in this book was way overdone. If this had been the first Jill Churchill book I had ever read, I absolutely would not buy more of her books. It is not up to par in any way. Perhaps a wannabe writer (a friend of Churchill's?) has penned this book under the Churchill name. If I'm wrong and Churchill actually wrote this book to sell as a mystery, she should be ashamed of herself.
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