Bell, Book, and Scandal Hardcover – Large Print, Feb 2004
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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
Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers Awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
In the past Jill Churchill has written humorous, cozy mysteries, starring Jane Jeffry and Shelley Nowack. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
I too have enjoyed Churchill's other Jane Jeffry mysteries but this one was awful. The plot was dull, the characters unbelievable and the incessant trips to shop, buy books, and... Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by bossl
Tissue-thin plot, no character development, smarmy dialogue, sloppy writing, improbable circumstances. Is it significant that I fell asleep while reading this book? Read morePublished on April 9 2004
I love Jill Churchill and her Jane Jeffrey mysteries. All are well written, well plotted and just a joy to read...Until now. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Jennifer Calfa Groh
One of the things I have enjoyed most in the earlier Jane Jeffry mysteries is the never ending supply of Mom-things that Jane attends to - the car pools, cleaning, cooking,... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Diana Martin
Wow, was I disappointed with this one. I can't tell if Jill Churchill let someone else help write it, or if maybe she's got a new editor or something who missed a lot of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004
I have read all of Ms. Churchill's books and have enjoyed them as a good light read, but this one stinks! Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Karen Vincent
I agree, there turns out to be no real crime, but you don't know that throughout the book until the end. This was an easy read; I finished it in an afternoon. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Jennifer Terry