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Down in the Dumps: A Polly Deacon Mystery Paperback – Sep 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Napoleon and Co (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929141628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929141626
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A tidy small-town mystery with an engagingly rebellious heroine and memorable characters." -- -The Toronto Star

"A tidy small-town mystery with an engagingly rebellious heroine and memorable characters." -- The Toronto Star

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Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award in the category of Best First Novel.

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Polly Deacon has escaped from a failed marriage in big city Toronto for the fictional locational of Kuskawa and a small shack on a farmers land. This is where she grew up and has now come to recover. She lives the life of a recluse - no phone, no toilet, nothing. Except her friends, her aunt and her atristic pursuits. Along the way, she stumbles across the body of a friend's husband. This leads her out of her cabin and into the realm of mystery. I found the novel funny, the settings interesting and the characters show some promise. While Polly hides from the world, the world brings to her some issues such as child abuse, wife assault and alcoholism. A fine novel.
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HASH(0xa4669aec) out of 5 stars The Muskokas Brough To Life Feb. 18 2003
By Kevin Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Polly Deacon has escaped from a failed marriage in big city Toronto for the fictional locational of Kuskawa and a small shack on a farmers land. This is where she grew up and has now come to recover. She lives the life of a recluse - no phone, no toilet, nothing. Except her friends, her aunt and her atristic pursuits. Along the way, she stumbles across the body of a friend's husband. This leads her out of her cabin and into the realm of mystery. I found the novel funny, the settings interesting and the characters show some promise. While Polly hides from the world, the world brings to her some issues such as child abuse, wife assault and alcoholism. A fine novel.
HASH(0xa151ef3c) out of 5 stars Quirky Murder Mystery March 12 2000
By Lizbet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an off-beat mystery set in the back woods of Canada. Polly Deacon is a sassy puppet-maker who investigates the murder of her best friend's unpleasant husband. Loads of plot twists, saucy and irreverent humour and strong characters make this a great read - I was hooked from the first page. This book is a must for anyone who doesn't take their murder mysteries too seriously and who likes detectives that aren't run of the mill...(ie, little old ladies or embittered police inspectors) Get hold of a copy now!
HASH(0xa0446db0) out of 5 stars Down in the Dump Dec 31 2001
By barbararitaville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
3.5
Easy reading mystery set in a "small rural town in Canada". First book for the author and first of a series. Polly Deacon is a puppet-maker and helps out her aunt's friend, George, with his goats in exchange for living in a small primitive cabin on his property. When George and Polly go to the local dump to dispose of one of his goats that has died, they discover the body of well-known wife abuser, John Travers. Small town secrets and unusual characters follow with a little romance thrown in.
HASH(0xa1bc1384) out of 5 stars Great mystery! Sept. 19 2010
By Pine Tree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great series all around. Quirky characters, lots of humour, really excellent plot twists. The depiction of small town living is spot-on. I hope the author writes more soon.
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HASH(0xa0446f00) out of 5 stars United States bashing May 13 2007
By S. Simon - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the humor in this book, and others by the same author. Keep in mind this is a CANADIAN author who has less than subtle digs at anything from the United States as being against her country and inferior. So much for fair trade. U.S. bashing should not be in fiction. Her main character Polly, smokes dope, lives in a cabin with no electricity or plumbing and has no ambition to improve yet we are to feel some sympathy. At first the book was amusing but as it went on I felt sorry for Polly and how she has gone no where with no thought to change. Very hard to relate to or feel fondness for a main character who is so strange.


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