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The Glass is Always Greener
A Den of Antiquity Mystery
Tamar Myers

Avon Mystery/Harper Collins
February 2011/ ISBN 978-0-06-084661-9
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Tamar Myers is one of my favorite comedic-mystery authors. Her books really do spotlight her wonderful sense of humor and incredible imagination. I am hard pressed to even think of anyone with comparable talent, and I enjoy all of her work.

That said, I reluctantly admit to some disappointment in The Glass is Always Greener. It is a well enough plotted mystery, with the usual cast of over-the-top wacky characters, and a healthy dose of new outrageous characters too. This time out protagonist Abigail Timberlake Washburn has taken a trip to Charleston with her friend Rob. It seems that Rob’s Aunt Jerry has been told by a psychic the exact date of her death, so she is throwing herself a wake while she’s alive so she can enjoy it too. Unfortunately for Abby, Aunt Jerry is all too soon really and truly dead; not to mention her corpse being stuffed in a walk-in freezer and a valuable piece of jewelry stolen.

Myers’ unique comedic sensibilities and out-of-the-box thinking were indeed present, and I had quite a few good laughs. It’s just too bad that I also had quite a few moments of being flat-out annoyed by the author’s repetitive mentions of her other books and random narrative comments such as “if this were in a book I’d throw it across the room” type of thing. While I didn’t want to throw this book across the room, I did shake my head often enough that I felt a little dizzy.

All in all, I did stick with the book and mostly liked it. If you’ve read the previous books in this series, you will want to read it just to keep up with Abby and her friends and family. If you haven’t, and you want to try the series anyway, this is not the one to start with. What really threw me for a loop was the last couple of chapters. They seemed hastily thrown together and I have to wonder if Ms. Myers didn’t know herself who was guilty and then if she herself didn’t like the outcome. I didn’t like the ending, and that threw a damper on the whole thing. My recommendation is for fans of Tamar Myers to read it, but if you are new to her work, start with another in this series or a book from one of her other series.

Reviewer's Note:

Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of 2009's Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?

Reviewed 2011
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