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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SOPHIE REDESIGNED BY KAREN DAHOOD

A SAM AND SOPHIE MYSTERY

This is the first in a series of books that was inspired by the author's mother-in-law just after she moved out of her Florida gulf coast  home and into a new condo in a retirement village. Over the years she introduced the author to her friends and neighbors who shared the life stories of trials and tribulations. Sophie is a character invented to observe a multitude of choices they make when they are faced with growing old, diminishing resources, physical, emotional and financial.  She also explores the relationship they have with their children.

Sophie George is a librarian who decides to retire after she finds she may be transferred to a less than desirable location, away from police detective Rueben Samuels "Sam" who is computer challenged and often requested Sophie's help doing research on the internet.  So in her retirement she decides to "freelance" her research services through Sam to the police department.  Sam is unsure about this arrangement but when a murder scene takes place virtually in Sophie's backyard and she knows the victim, and all the neighbors he finds her help hard to resist.  Using different techniques they proceed to solve the murder along with uncovering a decades old killing corporation, and a religious cult, all linked to one very dysfunctional family.

Underneath this main plot is a subplot of Sophie dealing with her son's reaction to her retirement activities, and just what is going to happen with Sam and Sophie, will they become more than just friends?


I love mysteries but this book offered so much more, each chapter was perfectly crafted, each location was described in such a way that you felt you were actually there.  The main characters almost become your friends through the pages.  Sophie is a very independent spunky senior citizen, she reminded me of my mom in some ways, she is a character very easy to identify with, as is Sam.  But I can also relate to Sophie's son, when my mom retired and then remarried years after my dad passed away, it was extremely difficult for me.

So what I am trying to say is whether you are 22 or 92, you will find enjoyment in this book, and if you enjoy a good mystery, this is one you should definitely devote some of your precious reading time. 









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3 comments:

Jeanne C. said...

Sounds good, thanks for the review!

dollycas aka Lori said...

This book will be part of my June Giveaway! Watch for details early next month!!

Dave and Tami said...
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