The first is Fannie Flagg's new book. I've read all of her books, and this one is terrific!
I Still Dream About You: a Novel by Fannie Flagg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hysterically funny, quirky, and vintage Fannie Flagg. Maggie Fortenberry, former Miss Alabama and current real estate agent is planning a major life change. She's closed her bank account, given away her belongings, and has left messages for all her friends. Now is the big day! But wait! Babs Bingington, aka "The Beast of Birmingham", and Red Mountain Realty's archenemy, is about to obtain the listing for Crestview, Maggie's dream home. Crestview symbolizes all the best that Birmingham offers, so she delays her departure in order to steal the listing from Babs. A mysterious skeleton and Turkish Whirling Dervishes also get in Maggie's way. As Maggie tries to wind up her affairs and sneak away we get to know her friends: Brenda, her African-American partner in the real estate agent, and aspiring mayoral candidate, Ethel, the nonagenarian purple-haired office manager, and Hazel, the midget who founded Red Mountain Real Estate and who rescued Maggie from failure. I really loved this book!
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Once again Lindsey Davis delivers a fast-paced novel of intrigue featuring Marcus Didius Falco, Procurator of the Sacred Geese, and imperial informer. Falco and his entourage (Helena, his daughters, his sister Maia and her children) are still in Britain. They are now in Londinium, visiting Helena's relatives, when Falco is asked to investigate the odd murder of a disgraced British courtier. Petronius is also involved in the investigation, and we meet Chloris, the famed ropedancer and an important former girlfriend of Falco's. Needless to say, Falco's investigative powers land him into trouble but as usual, he is able to disentangle himself and solve the puzzles presented. Along the way,a major tragedy brings Petronius closer to his new love. I will be sorry when I run out of the books in this series!!