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Finding Ms. Wright: A Jo Jacuzzo Mystery [Paperback]

Anne Seale
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April 1 2005 Jo Jacuzzo Mysteries

"Humorous, teasingly sexual and scary!"-The [Louisville] Letter on Packing Mrs. Phipps

Jo Jacuzzo should just stay in Buffalo, but when Jo's best friend asks her to track down an old flame, Honey Lou Wright, she's off to Oklahoma and a new adventure in Tornado Alley, where while searching for Honey Lou she finds time for a fling with a woman in hiding! Anne Seale (Packing Mrs. Phipps) strikes again with a comedy thriller rich with unusual, eccentric characters and a delightfully offbeat rural setting.

Anne Seale is a mother of four, a songwriter, a comedian and a novelist. She spends her summers in western New York and winters in Arizona. This is her second novel featuring Jo Jacuzzo.

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Anne Seale is the author of Packing Mrs. Phipps. A writer, musician, and comedian, she lives in Apache Junction, Ariz.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted and enjoyable read. May 1 2013
By V. J.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The character of Jo Jacuzzi, her sense of humor and willingness not to take herself (or anybody else) to seriously is just one of the things that makes this book work. I recommend it to anyone who just wants a little escapism mixed with light romance and compelling mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The RVing accidental detective scores again May 31 2005
By Carol Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Jo Jacuzzo gets around the country, in her motor home she calls Dan'l. She took quite a trip from home town Buffalo, NY to Tampa in Packing Mrs. Phipps, Anne Seale's funny and smart first lesbian mystery novel.

And now the sometimes too-helpful inquisitive young butch Jo just has to say yes to another friend whose long-ago lover, Honey Lou Wright, is missing.

Last seen in the lake country of Oklahoma, which I didn't even know existed until this novel, Honey Lou has quite a few secrets and a whole cast of comedic characters surrounding her disappearance. Dan'l is a convenient home on wheels when Jo encounters a new lover of her own.

Anne Seale brings lesbian-feminist issues into her books, in a never-too-preachy way, and this time Jo finds herself infiltrating a battered women's shelter, even if on false pretenses.

But after all, she is a woman who has been battered, even if by a boat, and she does manage to pick up the trail of the elusive Honey Lou.

This is the book to bring to the beach this summer, or to a women's music festival, or even to your lonely bedroom when you need a lift and a laugh.

Carol Schmidt

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riotous, real and engaging July 10 2005
By Shelly Rafferty - Published on Amazon.com
Anne Seale's latest title "Finding Ms. Wright" is a superb follow-up to her debut novel, "Packing Mrs. Phipps." Soldiering on with a never-overstated lesbian derring-do, Seale's heroine, Jo Jacuzzo, searches the wilds of a seldom-seen Oklahoma for the missing Honey Lou. Jacuzzo's forthright internal dialogue is a laugh-out-loud delight, but the sarcasm is rarely biting, and consequently Jo's insecurities, hunches, and fears make her an appealing, grounded gumshoe. Colorful characters--such as a sticky-fingered senior and a plucky female boat mechanic--populate Seale's novel and provide both comic relief and real red herrings in this intricately plotted, riotous romp of a mystery. Once again, Seale proves herself a master of dialogue, and among the most creative, talented writers to emerge from the lesbian press. "Finding Ms Wright" will whet your whistle for the next Jacuzzo offering. A fun, exciting, perfect summer read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew it was true! June 9 2005
By John S. - Published on Amazon.com
Members of The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy have been insisting that the Oklahoma schools have been infiltrated by a lesbian underground. One sapphic clique's secrets cause Jo to head down there at the request of her best friend, Weezer.
I like this series because Jo is Jo. The money she inherited at the end of the first book (apologies if that's a spoiler) hasn't changed her at all. I'd like the next one to show her life in Buffalo though; that aspect of her world seems lacking, and will be more so should she continue driving off to other locales.
One thing though: I find JoDell a "funnier" name than Honey Lou.
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