By Martha Grimes
"ONLY THE really good MARTHA GRIMES can have WRITTEN THIS publication. . . . BRILLIANTLY RENDERED AND fantastically TEXTURED."
A overlooked lake, coated with water lilies. A as soon as stylish, now light inn. A derelict apartment packed with secrets and techniques, uninhabited for nearly part a century. The dying of a twelve-year-old woman 40 years some time past. And one other woman who turns into keen about this dying. along with her knack for encouraging adults to reminisce, she starts to piece jointly puzzles from the prior and present.
HOTEL PARADISE is a fragile but stressful view of the choices a tender woman needs to make on her method to changing into an grownup . . . and the alternatives she needs to make among correct and improper, love and fact, lifestyles and demise. With its narrative grace, compelling characters, and complicated suspense, resort PARADISE is Martha Grimes on the best of her form.
--The Washington publish e-book international
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Ring back. ” The phone was trilling as he walked through the door. He hadn’t spoken to Maggie for eighteen months, since they’d bumped into one another in the Playhouse bar during the interval of a Willy Russell play, but it might have been yesterday as she came on to the line. Her voice was as warm as ever, although it faltered a little as she commiserated with him. ” “Yes,” she said. “Yes, of course. ” “I was hoping, right away. ” “You know the Traders’ Club in Old Hall Street? We have a firm’s membership there.
For all he knew, she might be at the Demi-Monde or Huskisson’s with some new bloke she’d just picked up. Of course, he should blame himself for succumbing to the temptation of her note like an addict craving for another fix. “Well, that’s enough from me,” said the compère and a slurred voice from the audience bellowed assent. “Now is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. ” He rolled off the last word with a Gallic flourish before rising to a new crescendo: “Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The enchanting.
A handwritten card on the door said that the Freak Shop would be closed this afternoon. The truanting schoolkids who were pressing their noses to the glass, admiring the naughty nighties, could goggle to their hearts’ content. Further down the road, he paused for a moment outside Mama Reilly’s. But there was no reason to go inside and it was time to return to Fenwick Court. Back at New Commodities House, Suzanne’s sheikh had presumably got his woman and the switchboard girl was now tackling a thousand-pager about sex in Hollywood.