Sunday, December 27, 2015

THE MAN ON THE WASHING MACHINE by Sue Cox


☆☆☆☆☆
My Five Star Review
Theophania true to her name has her share of epiphanies as the story of ‘The Man on theWashing Machine’ unfolds.  She realizes that she has far less secrets than those around her, and she has plenty of those.

The madcap adventure is a clever, cute, and quick paced read. I enjoyed the transatlantic angles. And the San Francisco setting.
Colorful prose made the setting and events very easy to visualize, and the emotions of a woman so wounded by her past that she is afraid to afraid to love.
The few people about whom she has allowed herself to feel strongly are not at all what they seem, but as her world comes crashing down in death, violence and mayhem she realizes that she is indeed loved and capable of reciprocating.
My favorite character was her grandfather; which was the one non quirky character. That is not to say that I did not love the wide array of unique and wacky characters, I simply loved the grandfather’s presence in her thoughts as well as in person; there were many witty remarks and I will always remember that impulsive does not necessarily mean imprudent.
I liked the fact that the author tied up loose ends and I am sure we will all read more of Theophonia’s adventures.
I bought my copy at MURDER ON THE BEACH
 
 

When former party girl and society photographer Theophania Bogart flees to San Francisco to escape a high-profile family tragedy, a series of murders drags her unwillingly out of hiding. In no time at all she discovers she's been providing cover for a sophisticated smuggling operation, she starts to fall for an untrustworthy stranger, and she's knocked out, tied up and imprisoned. The police are sure she's lying. The smugglers are sure she knows too much. Her friends? They aren't sure what to believe.
The body count is rising and Theo struggles to find the killer before she's the next victim or her new life is exposed as an elaborate fraud. But the more deeply entangled she becomes, the more her investigation is complicated by her best friend, who is one of her prime suspects; her young protégé, who may or may not have a juvie record; her stern and unyielding grandfather, who exposes an unexpected soft center; and the man on her washing machine, who isn't quite what he appears, either.
Susan Cox's Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning novel is a charming debut with wacky, colorful characters and a delightfully twisted mystery.