Prepare to step back in time. Back to the days when a privateer could sail the ocean blue without ever leaving the Hollywood studios. Back to the days when people enjoyed watching actors pretend the rapier went straight to their gut, when really they are hiding it under their arm. Back to the days when a pillager could become as upright and desirable as the town mayor. Ah, yes, those were the days. He grabs and kisses her, she bites him, he knocks her flat, but by the end of the movie she will defend him in the face of any danger or indignity.
From Publisher’s Weekly: “Five friends live through three decades of marriages, child raising, neighborhood parties, bad husbands and good brownies-and Landvik... doesn't miss a single cliché as she chronicles their lives in this pleasant but wholly familiar novel of female bonding.
I love to discover a new mystery author with a compelling central character that grows and develops over a series of books. My latest favorite is Chris Knopf, author of The Last Refuge, Two Time, and Head Wounds. The settings is the Hamptons on Long Island where Sam Acquillo, ex-engineer, ex-corporate division head, ex-boxer has retreated to live in his dead parents ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea neighborhood. Existential despair is Sam's prevailing mood, until he gets hooked up with a beautiful, married banker, a pot-