July 12, 2012

A Good Beach Read


Miss Judy sent me the best of the best birthday gifts this year! Knowing that we would soon be lying on the beach and relaxing the days away toward the end of summer, she thought a new beach bag and a required reading paperback were in order! Needless to say, I was thrilled with her selections of both!

Fannie Flagg, one of Mother's favorite authors, has written yet another  wonderful novel that is equal parts Southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom.

Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama, graduated at the top of her class at charm school, can fold a napkin in more than forty-eight different ways, and can enter and exit a car gracefully, but all the finesse in the world cannot help her now. She’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. She was well on her way toward her childhood dream of someday living in one of the elegant old homes on top of Red Mountain, with the adoring husband and the 2.5 children, but then something unexpected happened and changed everything.

To Brenda Peoples, Maggie’s best friend and real estate partner, Maggie’s life seems easy as pie. Slender Maggie doesn’t have to worry about her figure, or about her Weight Watchers sponsor catching her at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. And Ethel Clipp, Red Mountain’s ancient and grumpy office manager with the bright purple hair, thinks the world of Maggie but has absolutely nothing nice to say about their rival Babs "The Beast of Birmingham" Bingington, the unscrupulous estate agent who hates Maggie and is determined to put her out of business.

Maggie has heartbreaking secrets in her past, but through a strange turn of events, she soon discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems - dead or alive - has at least one little secret.

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