Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: SILENCED BY THE YAMS by Karen Cantwell


5 of 5 stars

This is the third title in the Barbara Marr mystery series and it's the best one yet. With so many laugh-out-loud scenes, it's hard to put the book down. In this story, we find Barbara happily reunited with her husband, Howard, the FBI agent. Life is settling down and getting back to normal or so she thinks.  When Barbara is invited to a local movie screening, she's thrilled, that is, until the film director Kurt Baugh keels over and dies right in front of her after eating the yams. It's bad enough that the director is dead, but it's her ex-mafia friend Frankie, who catered the event and he is now the #1 suspect. Never one to leave things alone when she should, Barbara feels it's up to her to follow the clues that could possibly exonerate Frankie.

Ms. Cantwell has a definite flair for comedic writing and this book is pure entertainment.  She brings back characters from previous stories as well as introduces a few new ones including Mama Marr--Howard's mother to the mix.  The laughs keep coming especially whenever Barbara and Howard try to have an intimate moment together.

There are so many good things to say about this book, but I don't want to spoil anything. If you want to enjoy the full flavor of the Barbara Marr mysteries, start with book 1, "Take the Monkeys and Run." I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them, and I highly recommend them. It's the perfect way to wile away an afternoon.

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