As I came to the startling and completely unexpected end of Dead Comic Standing, I realized what a marvelous and stunning work of fiction Karen Vaughan had written.
I have read most of her Laura and Gerry Mysteries and know the depth Ms. Vaughan is capable of, in her writing, the sarcastic slant she puts into her books, as well as the fact that there is always something that will shock and surprise you to the core of your being at the end of each of her books.
I was not fully prepared for the brilliance in Dead Comic Standing. If I could ask Ms. Vaughan anything, it would be where in the heck did; she come up with the idea for this book.
I do not like spoilers, so I will not give you many details about the book, other than to say the comedy routines done by the Comedians are a hoot, and if you are not shocked when you discover who the killer is, I would be more than a bit surprised.
Kudos to Karen Vaughan for this marvelous work of fiction. If there was a fifty star rating she'd get it.
LOOKING FOR ME by BETH HOFFMAN
llIn ‘Looking For Me,’ there is such mystery, sadness, and splendor, as to make one weep, scream, and want to rage at the terrible injustices the human species can foist upon unsuspecting animals and other humans.
With a delicate brush, Beth Hoffman, paints her characters in ‘Looking For Me.’ Each stroke brings us one step closer to understanding and knowing each character. As she breathes life into her characters, we glimpse how easy life can be, and how difficult we make it. We see the depths of evil that can occur in the human spirit and just how imperfect we can be, and we discover the stunning heights we can achieve if we allow ourselves to soar.
Ms. Hoffman’s portrayal of such complex characters gives us a further indication into the vast talent this writer has. I won’t tease you with a preview of this book, for I don’t want to spoil one tiny moment of the discovery one can find in its pages.
One can also understand just how much compassion we can achieve. If we are willing to go the extra mile and realize that no matter how well we think we know someone, there is a backstory that has not been shared with us, one that can be beautiful and yet heartbreaking. As each character unfolds, the motivations behind their personalities become clearer.
Last, but not least this book can teach us a new way to look at nature, and make us wonder who the animals really are and how much we need to open our eyes and look at the world differently.
I loved this book and highly recommend it.