Thistle and Twigg

Thistle and Twigg

Large Print - 2007
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Jane Thistle is a widow who has just settled down in Tullulah, Alabama, after a long and happy life with her husband, a career military officer whose job took them all over the world. But now that she' s on her own, she' s just as happy to have found this delightful small Southern town to call home. Her new best friend is Phoebe Twigg, also a widow, who has lived in Tullulah all her life. Phoebe is about as different as could be from the worldly and refined Jane Thistle, but her colorful personality and warm, welcoming Southern nature make them quite a team. The two ladies become fast friends when they stumble on a dead body while on a walk in the woods near Jane' s new house. And that' s not all of the mysteries interrupting the slow life in Tullulah: Someone seems to be threatening Jane' s neighbor, a local old recluse who seems to have more interest in the land than in its inhabitants; a firebomb explodes in Phoebe' s kitchen; and unexplainable sounds and objects turn up at the strangest times in Jane' s house. Jane and Phoebe quickly become partners in investigation in Mary Saums' s funny and charming---and surprising---debut mystery.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786296347
0786296348
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 22 cm.

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bookfanatic1979 May 07, 2013

There’s something for everyone here: history, espionage, nature, mystery, friendship, even a paranormal twist. I hesitate to call this book a “cozy”—there’s definitely some violent bits—but that’s the closest description I can come up with.

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BDLange
Mar 15, 2010

Read for book club. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone. It is a book you would take on vacation and if it gets left behind you won't care. The author wrote in two views, Thistle and Twigg. That wouldn't be a problem except each character tells very different versions of the same event and that makes me doubt anything the other character tells.

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npower
Mar 08, 2010

This is a fun book! The seriousness and mystique of the one character is counterbalanced by the extreme frivilousness, frankness and extraversion of the other! These two ladies make their way from new friendship to trusted buddies by sharing a variety of experiences in small town and rural USA. The experiences surround a number of mysteries that the women help solve. The author brilliantly covers some relatively uncommon themes as related to women: guns and shooting, military service and spying and stakeouts and solving mysteries. Not something one usually associates with retired and widowed women. I like how Saums handles the spiritual realm and makes one intrigued by the geography and environment of the area.

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