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This delightfully breezy, richly atmospheric debut by a former journalist who covered Savannah's infamous Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil murder trials fails to generate much suspense, but it derives its charm from an encyclopedic trove of lore about antiquities and dishy gossip, Southern style. Divorced from blue-blood architect Talmadge Evans III, but still living in a carriage house in the backyard of their restored mansion, Eloise "Weezie" Foley suffers the indignity of having her ex's sexy fiance, Caroline DeSantos, living in the main house Weezie restored herself. As a "picker," Weezie earns her living foraging for discarded treasures in Dumpsters and at estate sales. When she discovers Caroline's corpse in a historic manor house, Weezie is the prime suspect in her murder. To compound her quandary, Weezie's attorney her closeted Uncle James, an ex-Catholic priest is having an illicit affair with a man from the DA's office. Factor in her on-again, off-again romance with old high school flame Daniel Stipanek, counterfeit antiques and her mom's alcoholism, and the plucky heroine has enough problems to drive at least three novels. Unfortunately, the suspense gets lost somewhere among the antiques and Weezie's attempts to consummate her romance with Daniel. But even a denouement that comes way too soon and a junk bin of distractions won't keep readers away. 8-city author tour. (Feb. 20)Forecasts: This appealing effort should do well enough on its own, but if booksellers and publicists play up the Midnight connection, it could soar.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reeling from a divorce, Eloise "Weezie" Foley misses her lovingly decorated historic home a bit more than she misses her cheating ex-husband. Her passion is finding and selling antiques, and she struggles to collect enough inventory to turn her hobby into a full-fledged business. When she discovers a dead body while attempting to sneak early into an estate sale, things get complicated especially because the murdered woman is her ex-husband's latest girlfriend. Andrews moves the plot along with a multitude of quirky and entertaining secondary characters Weezie's alcoholic mother, an uncle who is a gay ex-priest, and an old boyfriend who is the chef at her best friend's pricey bistro. Facts about period furniture, linens, china, vintage clothing, magazines, and paintings blend seamlessly and enrich what might have been just another ho-hum, screwball romantic story. Despite a dismal book jacket, Andrews's debut novel should soon find an audience among readers who enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz or Olivia Goldsmith. A worthwhile purchase for public libraries. Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
LIKED IT BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE OTHERS THAT MARY KAY ANDREWS WROTE.Published 12 months ago by Linda B
Not as good as Danielle Steele, but a excellent read! The continuity of the different strands of the plot is well managed. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2011 by Pierre A. Beauchamp
My book club picked this book for our July read. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The characters are fun and well developed. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
Mystery, romance, antiques, women getting their lives back together. In general this was a great read.Published on June 12 2004 by Queen Bee
I loved all the info about Savannah, plantations and of course, the food. The characters with unique and they all had their own funny quirks. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by mahikahn
I loved, loved, loved this book! Such a fun, light, uplifting and riveting read! The characters were hilarious and very well-developed. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Marion
This story had everything -- first, it took place in the South, a great place to be. The heroine, Eloise "Weezie" Foley, is a hoot. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by R. A. Taylor
This book was very good, it was set in South Carolina.
The main character, Weezie Foley is an antique dealer and she gets herself wrapped up in mystery of a murder when she is... Read more
Don't miss this fun and funny glimpse into Savannah life. The characters are charming and the dialog was laugh out loud funny at times. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Amazon Customer