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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Primrose Convention

Bannister, Jo. The Primrose Convention. A cozy mystery featuring a pathologist who turns "agony aunt" (or advice columnist) in a second career. I liked Rosie - a brash, middle-aged, woman, hefty in weight and personality - whose responses to those seeking advice are certainly out of the norm. In fact, a young woman who sought Rosie's advice turns up at the office to chastise Rosie for her flippant reply to what the woman considers quite serious.

Add a gardener with psychic abilities, a rather finicky retired schoolmaster named Arthur Prufrock (well, I couldn't help but love him, now could I? ...and I've no doubt but that the mermaids do sing to him), a lovely assistant, and the owner of the paper who is missing a foot from his time in the service... and eclectic mix even before adding in the missing person and the villain.

It was a bit slow in the beginning, but rather a fun read. Not as good as Bannister's Brodie Farrell series, but quite entertaining.

Fiction. Mystery. 1997. 267 pages.


  1. This one sounds like fun!

  2. debra - It is a fun, light mystery. It sounds as if Bannister was setting up a new series, but I don't know if she continued it. My favorite Bannister novels are still the Brodie Farrell mysteries, but I really liked Rosie.

  3. I'll definitely keep her in mind. It looks like the Brodie Farrell stories aren't quite as cozy as this one.

  4. This sounds like a good cozy. I've kind of gotten away from cozier reads but that's because some of them seem so "cutesy" you know. I'll keep this one in mind.

  5. I think I'd like Rosie, too. I'm adding both this one and her Farrell series to my reading list. Thanks, Jenclair. Always appreciate your suggestions.