Mark Twain wrote: To spell correctly is a talent, not an acquirement. There is some dignity about an acquirement, because it is a product of your own labor. It is wages earned, whereas to be able to do a thing merely by the grace of God and not by your own effort transfers the distinction to our heavenly home - where possibly it is a matter of pride and satisfaction but it leaves you naked and bankrupt.
#1 in Cotton Lee Penn Historical Mystery
Average Rating: 2.0
Polio disabled Cotton Lee's leg, but not her sexuality, not her mind, and not her ability to connect the murder of her friend Little Mary in 1972 to that of Bead Baker in 1932. Gone on Sunday follows the lives of the Baker family, their black servants, and the townspeople they knew in Homeville, Virginia. Alternating between 1972 and 1932, Cotton Lee's investigation into the murder of Bead Baker brings out secrets kept for decades. With suspects ranging from a housewife, to a cook, and even a rumored witch, Cotton Lee needs to find the solution to the first murder in order to know the history of the second.
The motivations for murder are unrealistic, so once the reader learns them, it's almost an anticlimax. In fact, the entire story seems very contrived and forced. The characters are not well developed or defined, making their motivations even more unbelievable. Although the story does not end in a cliffhanger, there are enough loose ends to leave the reader unsatisfied. One positive about this audiobook is the outstanding narration by Susan Marlowe. But in the end, I found it to be a disappointing listen.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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