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Book Title: The Wombat Strategy|
The author of the book: Claire McNab
Edition: Alyson Books
Date of issue: May 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781555838362
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Reader ratings: 4.4
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.40 MB
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This book was a quick, easy, relaxing read. It was so full of stereotypically Aussie ways of talking (noone really talks that way do they?) but it seemed to be a bit self-mocking and also a bit passive-aggressive in it's deliberate use of Australian words for things and delinerately not understanding Americanisms (like SUV which I never really knew what it was before either). The fun though slightly snarky was two-wayed enough that I think it was enjoyable rather than offensive.
The romance was light, there were no sex scenes (well the character had one but we didn't watch it as readers). The crime itself was a bit superficial (I think the murder happened at about page 120 or something out of a 200 page book). But it's possible this book was laying the groundwork for further books that will take the mystery side of it more seriously. There was a lot of local character (human and setting wise), likeable characters (I shared Kylie's fascination for Ariana I must say) and too much cleavage. I am not sure why we had to hear quite so much about so many character's well-endowedness in that department.
I know I am not making it sound fantastic but I enjoyed it. The bad guys got what they deserved. The good guys managed to fit in a quick kiss...the conflict between good guys was not too serious or angsty- in fact it was very nearly an angst free book. There was a lot of focus on a cat that happened to be in the book too. Really worth the very small investment of time it demanded of me :) I recommend this fun and funny Aussie reads to any time poor friends who want to relax!
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Read information about the authorClaire McNab is the pseudonym of Claire Carmichael. She was born in 1940 in Melbourne, Australia. While pursuing a career as a high school teacher in Sydney, she began her writing career with comedy plays and textbooks. She left teaching in the mid-eighties to become a full-time writer. In her native Australia she is known for her self-help and children's books. She moved to Los Angeles in 1994 after falling in love with an American woman, and now teaches not-yet-published writers through the UCLA Writers' Extension Program. She is best known for three lesbian mystery series featuring Inspector Carol Ashton, Agent Denise Cleever and Detective Kylie Kendall. She is the recipient of the 2006 Alice B. Medal.
From the publisher's website: Claire McNab has written over 50 books and is known in her native Australia for crime fiction, children's novels, picture books, self-help, and English textbooks. Her first mystery, Lessons in Murder, was published in the U.S. in 1988. Now a Los Angeles resident, she teaches not-yet-published writers through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She is the author of three lesbian mystery series featuring Inspector Carol Ashton, Agent Denise Cleever and Detective Kylie Kendall. She has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles and is working on the finale of the Carol Ashton series, Lethal Care.
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