Dear Philomena, by M S Spencer

Cover of Dear Philomena

Dagne, an advice columnist intent on writing a novel.
A former lover who can be a louse. ACover of Dear Philomena parent with a dodgy background. A hero figure who promises romance. A white pickup too often on the scene. Three cousins who are really brothers. The full gamut of emotion from rage to ecstasy.

These components fit in Spencer’s romance cum crime novel in which the action is as well written as any crime or thriller. The descriptive passages of the environment on Chincoteague Island enable the reader to easily visualise a place they may never visit.

The closeness of the community allows the characters to know each other’s lives and family histories, and thus the picture of the motive for crime becomes clearer. Some characters are amusing: Alex, owning many small businesses named after himself, who sees all; Starlyn, desperate to keep her wandering husband on a leash; Bert, snooping to check the neighbourhood, as all elderly citizens feel they should; and more. Others are…worrying, to say the least: jealous, inadequate, confrontational, suspicious, lecherous–not atypical of a small town community.

There are worse traits to emerge from under the veneer of polite, or romantic, interactions. Spencer reveals them all as Dagne tries to write her novel as well as continuing her advice column, while unknowingly being involved in a murder investigation–and nearly a victim. The closure is convincing, and this has been one of the very few romance novels I have enjoyed

Publisher: I Heart Publishing

Published (Print): October 2015
1st ed’n E-book published July 2011
2nd Edition E-book published October 2015 with ISBN: 978-1517770464

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