This past weekend I went away with my husband for a four day trip. It was the first time in three years that I had travelled without kids. Can you guess what I was looking forward to? Oh, yeah. Bringing a book to read on the plane!!!! And it wouldn’t be Dr. Seuss (although he is great) or Frog and Toad are Friends or Bear Snores On. This time it would be something for me. Imagine my great distress when I realized I had NOTHING new to read! And it is not easy for me to find something new. I’m in Costa Rica where there are no public libraries, I’ve read all of my friend’s books, and I have a limited budget. Well, I thought to myself, maybe I can find something at the airport. We arrive at the airport and I check out the bestsellers. Yup, twelve dollars a book. Guess I’ll have to content myself to reading the safety manual and browsing through the latest Sky Mall catalog (which, by the way has some pretty awesome stuff, but still – how often can you read it?). So I had nothing to read on the way there. On the way back, I discovered something wonderful at one of the little airport shops – 1/2 priced used books! I was so excited. I ended up choosing this Carol Higgins Clark book and read practically the entire thing on the way back. It was a fun read. Nothing serious. Funny villians, charming investigators. It is set in Ireland, so as I’m reading I’m imagining all the beautiful scenery. I don’t think I’ve read a Carol Higgins Clark novel before except maybe one or two that she wrote with her mother. This is one of her Regan Reilly mysteries, but Regan isn’t even in it all that much (though she does have a crucial role to play). But you have to excuse her; she is on her honeymoon after all! Some of the scenes are a bit contrived and none of the characters are all that complex. It is a light and easy read – perfect, really, for airplane reading or waiting room reading or that type of thing. It involves a rumor of ghosts, jewel thieves, and bad dental work. If you want to see how that all fits together, check it out!
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