Saturday, February 13, 2010
The Merry Wives of Maggody, by Joan Hess
Yay! A new Joan Hess Maggody book is cause for celebration for me. Familiar and funny background characters, a fully realized setting, and some interesting new plot twists made this immensely satisfying, like a cup of tea and some Cadbury chocolate fingers and a cat in the lap. Sheriff Arly Hanks' infinite patience is sorely tested when Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon decides to hold a charity tournament to provide aid to 'golf widows', despite Maggody not having a course. A prize of a bass boat for winning the hole-in-one contest sets the entire town to golfing frenzy, and all the ususal suspects carry on in all their usual manner. I think Hess did something very clever here, though, as she is managing to subtly move along the timeline of the story without jarring or losing characters, and I can't wait til the next one.