Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mother Knows Best

Happy Thursday!  I am working on a new entertainment/shelf system for my new bedroom.  I am taking wood crates (brand new ones that I got at 40% off), staining them, and then hooking them together (with tie plates). I need room for books and a place for the television (I will put a solid piece of wood on top).  I think it will be pretty and solid when it is finished.  I just need to pick up the stain.  I was happy to discover that I  can get stain in blue and red (to match my room).  Some interesting historical events that happened on April 14 are . . . the first Pony Express rider reaches San Francisco in 1860, Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary in 1828, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is published for the first time in 1939 by Viking Press, and videotape is demonstrated for the first time in Chicago in 1956 (you will notice that I only tell about interesting events--nothing sad or depressing).

Mother Knows Best by Karen MacInerney is the second book in The Margie Peterson Mysteries series.  Margie (Marigold) Peterson is an assistant detective at Peachtree Investigations owned by Peaches Barlowe.  Margie gets a late night call from Peaches.  She needs some assistance and gives Margie an address.  The headmaster of Holy Oaks Catholic School (Margie’s daughter, Elsie just started going here), George Cavendish is dead in a wading pool at the apartment of a lady of the evening (get my drift).  Peaches needs Margie’s help in moving the body (Peaches owes a favor which is why they are doing this task).  Margie is shocked to find George in Aquaman tights and goggles (trust me you do not want to know why).  They get the body moved, and Margie hopes that will be the end of it (hope they did not leave anything behind).  Unfortunately, Margie’s best friend, Becky Hale becomes a prime suspect (thanks to Margie).  Now Margie needs to prove her friend’s innocence or admit to moving the dead guy.   This turns out to be the least of Margie’s problems.  Her husband, Blake has decided to take a Journey to Manhood course.  It helps a man discover his “manhood” (he is attracted to drag queen’s) and wants Margie to participate by joining the female group (I know what my answer would be).  Also, Margie’s mother is visiting (surprise).  She cleans out Margie’s house of all the foods that are bad for you (the one’s that taste good) and exchanges them for items no child will touch (items with no sugar and are oddly colored).  Buckle up and hold on!  Margie is in for a lively time.

Mother Knows Best reminded me of a screwball comedy.  Lucy and Ethel would have been right at home (if you do not get this reference you need to watch more late night television).  I just thought there was too much nonsense going on.  One example is Margie’s daughter, Elsie acting like a dog (goes by Fifi, wears a collar, drinks water out of a bowl on the floor, and will only eat white food).  Husband was caught sleeping with a transvestite named Selena S.  Mother Knows Best is just not my type of book.  If you enjoy this type of comedy, then you will love reading Mother Knows Best.  The mystery was extremely simple and easy to figure out.  I give Mother Knows Best 3 out of 5 stars.  The novel is an easy and quick read.  Mother Knows Best can be enjoyed without having read the first book in the series. 

Mother Knows Best is available on Kindle Unlimited.  The other book in A Margie Peterson Mystery series is Mother's Day Out.  I received a complimentary copy of Mother Knows Best from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am currently enjoying The Ninth Life by Cleo Simon.  I somehow missed it on my list (too much on my mind lately).  It is told from the cat's point-of-view (sounds cute but it really is not).  I hope everyone has a relaxing evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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