Friday, January 24, 2014

{Review} WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? by Gale Martin

ISBN #: 978-1620151976
Page Count: 252
Copyright: January 16, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Editions

(Taken from Amazon)

In Gale Martin's newest novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-old rest home receptionist with a pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones. Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a white-hot love relationship, like those she's read about in romance novels. Following an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an available young impersonator with more looks and personality than talent. Though he's knocked out of the contest, he's still in the running to become Ellie's blue-eyed soul mate--until he's accused of killing off the competition. It's not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she enlists some wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real murderer. Will Ellie crack the case? Must she forfeit her best chance for lasting love to solve the crime?

Charlene's Review:

Ellie is looking for love. Working, and living, at the assisted living center, she decided to take some of the residents along to a Tom Jones concert, in search of her one true love. When she meets a suitable suitor, who just happens to be an impersonator, she thinks she has found the perfect man for her. Unfortunately, one of the fellow impersonators ends up dead, and her true love is the last one seen at the crime scene. Fighting for her job, and to find out the truth, Ellie, with a little help from her friends, begins an investigation.

I was enraptured by this novel. Not only did I find myself singing along to the chapter titles that were named after Tom Jones’ songs, (telling my age, perhaps) but the assisted living residents stole the show, for me. What a bunch of crazy, sassy senior citizens! They made the book, above and beyond, the actual storyline. I would love to see Mr. Harvey, Mrs. Peachey, and Mrs. Hand featured in further adventures. I simply fell in love with them! Ellie was an enjoyable character, as well, from her love of a puffy shirt and skin-tight pants to her down-to-earth struggles, and quirky misadventures.

A little mystery, a little mayhem, a little romance, and a whole lot of humor, Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? was entertaining from first page to last.

*A paperback copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I so appreciated Charlene's generous review. Thank you, Literary R&R!


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