Carlyle Hudson is a 50-something woman everybody calls Lyle. Making a living as a gambler, Lyle doesn't know quite what to make of her life. Lyle returns to Kansas from San Francisco after the death of her mother and encounters two mysteries, one from her mother's past, and one right in front of her. Who is the source of the ominous demands that she 'Pay Up'?
Carlyle speaks for herself in the opening paragraph of this women's detective mystery, FOR GLORY, “I deal with other people by keeping secrets. Bottom line: I do not like people knowing what I do for a living, how much money I make, my age, or marital status. The answers—gamble, six to seven figures (depending on how well the cards fall), fifty, and not interested in marriage—always raise more questions. Even well-intentioned people seem to feel entitled to that information, which irritates the hell out of me. So I lie. It entertains me, keeps my energy positive and my creativity high.... I think of it as acting. All good poker players act. I am a very good poker player.”ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elisabeth Lee earned a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A private school administrator and teacher, she lives in Lawrence, Kansas. It figures prominently in her work, along with San Francisco, Denver and New York where she has also lived. Elisabeth Lee earned a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
A private school teacher and sometime administrator, she is an accomplished poet and author of various professional articles. Formerly a resident of Lawrence, Kansas, a blue dot in a great ocean of red, she now calls Denver home. Those cities figure prominently in her work, along with San Francisco and New York where she has also lived.
All this makes for a good mystery, written as seen through Lyle's eyes, but there is also so much comedy in this book that I can't call it a true mystery. I believe that is part of its charm. Lyle's relationship with Glory, the dog, especially was humorous to me. Also, two of the "L" named aunts are twins and run a candy store that carries erotically shaped candy! So much of this type of amusing interaction, and the style of writing that Elisabeth Lee has, keeps the readers attention along with entertaining you. It was nice to read of a character who is strong and feisty but about 50ish years old instead of the traditional sex kitten in her 20s. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it as an easy, fun read.
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