Slashing Mona Lisa Paperback – July 14 2018
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- Paperback : 340 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997711844
- ISBN-10 : 0997711841
- Item Weight : 354 g
- Publisher : Punctuated Publishing (July 14 2018)
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.96 x 20.32 cm
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
by Susan Sewell, Reader's Favorite
Filled with intrigue and suspense, Slashing Mona Lisa is a stunning sleuth mystery novel. This mesmerizing story relates the sad truth about the difficulties and heartbreak experienced by those who are ostracized for their weight challenges. The accurate depiction of the repercussions which stem from the bullying and abuse these victims receive from their own families, peers, coworkers, and the world at large is heartrending. I could almost understand the rage that fueled the murderer.
Although fat shaming may be a significant portion of the plot, the murders and Camarin's investigation balance the scales, keeping the story fresh and exciting. Fabulous characters, a suspenseful and complex plot, and a brilliant story line make this an outstanding murder mystery novel. However, I would recommend it only to a mature audience as it contains explicit sexual scenes and is more suitable for adult readers.
By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
D.M. Barr's contemporary sleuth murder mystery novel, Slashing Mona Lisa, has marvelous characters, a mystery plot studded with red herrings, plenty of action and a romantic story that is one of the more intriguing I've come across in a while. All this, and Barr also manages to write an empathetic and compelling story about a current social ill -- fat-shaming in a culture that prizes thinness, youth and good looks over everything else.
Barr's story crackles with tension as Camarin finds common threads in murders taking place across the nation and decides to go after the story on her own. I was instantly enchanted by her Chamorro identity, her idealism and her resourcefulness. I loved the story and hated for it to end. Barr's characters had come to seem like old friends, and her investigative journalist/sleuth surely does merit a few more good mysteries to solve. Slashing Mona Lisa is most highly recommended.
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As “Slashing Mona Lisa” opens Camarin leaps to defend a plus-sized commuter from humiliation by a slim fat-shamer. A fashion mag publisher witnesses Camarin’s selfless action, and in the space of their White Plains-to-Grand Central commute they bond and she snags a job interview. Karma is wonderful. Except that the magazine “represented everything in the world she’d come to hate: the brainwashing of women to fit into narrow, permissible roles dictated by fashion designers and greedy advertisers.” It’s personal: Her twin sister died a victim of fat shaming.
Can Camarin keep her integrity, crusade against fat-shamers, and find true love? Can she evade the executive editor’s fluff assignments long enough to do a serious investigation? Can she hang on to her second job so she can afford law school? Can she crack the Cockney Rhyming Code? And oh, by the way, can Camarin solve a string of gruesome murders before she becomes another victim of “Invisible Woman”?
While the mystery is light-hearted in the sense of being filled with wise-cracking and more scenes of embarrassment than danger, “Slashing Mona Lisa” does have a weightier side: Weight. Every chapter makes the point that size doesn’t matter; a waist is a terrible thing to mind – but in earnest, not as a joke. In fact, “Slashing Mona Lisa” ends with a section of “Further Reading” on fat politics and body acceptance.