Monday, January 19, 2009

Frankly My Dear I'm Dead -- Livia J. Washburn

Livia Washburn, like her husband, James Reasoner, can write just about anything. And has. This one's a comic mystery set in Atlanta, Georgia. Delilah Dickinson is just starting her new business of arranging literary tours, that is, tours based on a particular work of fiction, in this case, Gone With the Wind.

Naturally Delilah wants things to go smoothly, but they don't. Her recent divorce continues to worry her. Bickering with her family members, who are also her employees, is another of her problems, which come to include the murder of Rhett Butler. Okay, just kidding to see if you were paying attention. Rhett isn't murdered, but the actor portraying him at the imitation Tara plantation is. Right in the middle of the ball. This isn't at all the way Delilah wanted to start her new career.

Amateur sleuthing with, of course, an interesting man
(a professor of literature) for Delilah, and lots of fun for the reader. The book is about murder, but it has plenty of laughs, loads of local color, Gone with the Wind lore, and a well-honed plot. Sure, it's a cozy. You wanna make something of it? Check it out.


Anonymous said...

Sounds good, a little like a cross between Sheriff Rhodes and Sally Good with a little Carl Burns thrown in.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Looks like the perfect anecdote to a northern winter.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

About the only cozies I can stand are the ones Livia writes. I'll have to check it out.