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Trouble In Paradise
by Pip Granger
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Poisoned Pen, 2005 (2005)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

What an absolutely delightful book! It's 1945, postwar London. Zelda Fluck, is married to Charlie, a wife-beating bully due home from the front (he unfortunately survived intact, much to Zelda's chagrin). Zelda's father thinks she should stick the marriage out as that is what married women do. Zelda thinks he is very wrong, but keeps her yap shut.

Trouble in Paradise takes us to a London trying to recuperate from a devastating war, with all the shortages, deprivations and heartbreak that came along with it. The reader is treated to a family that plods on, taking their pleasures where they can. Zelda and her kin speak an East End patois that is sheer pleasure - the patois is almost a character in its own right. Various problems arise that threaten to escalate into violence. Zelda is blessed or cursed according to how you look at it with a second sight, with which she is not at all comfortable. But she is a take charge kind of woman with a wonderful ironic sense of humor that resounds throughout the book.

Fun. This is a let's-get-away-from-it-all book to take to bed or read while you soak in a hot tub a pleasure denied war-weary Londoners.

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