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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke

Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke (Annie Ogden Mystery 2, 2012, 260 pages, 494 KB)

Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke is a fast past action filled work that is more than just solidly exciting escapist fiction.    It is not another post apocalypse work but a very well developed account of matrimonial angst and revenge in which zombies play a big part.    The lead character in the story is Candace, married to Larry, a serial adulterer who rationalizes his actions by telling himself it is kind of his wife's fault as she has gained a lot of weight.  He has seriously damaged her self esteem with his treatment of her.    Her very good friend Annie has gotten a license as a private investigator and they come up with a complicated plan for revenge.

In a great scene Candace finds a black bra, not her size or color, in her husband's luggage and she confronts him about it is a devastating scene, in front of their friends at a dinner party.   Annie and her private detective partner follow Larry and confirm his activities.

Some of the best parts of this marvelous book take place in a small hillside town in Tuscany which the author does a great job of bringing to life for us.

Candace is a very well developed character and it was heartwarming to see her self-esteem rebuilt.
The ending is very shocking and I did not see it coming.  I really like the epilogue to the book.

As a neat bonus, there are some recipes at the end of the book, Candace runs a cooking class.  I think the recipe for Pork Filets in Cream with Tarragon looks delicious.,

Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke  is an exciting, fast reading story with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

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