The Angry Woman Suite

The Angry Woman Suite

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The Angry Woman Suite, a literary mystery about a celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s and how those killings rippled though three generations of one family, won the Best Mystery category at the 19th annual San Diego Book Awards. Judges also awarded it the Geisel Award, the top prize, as -best of the best- by a San Diego author. It is also a Discovery Award winner.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Two Sisters & Company, an Imprint of Telemachus
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 193769853X
  • 9781937698539

Rating details

1,151 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 21% (239)
4 31% (359)
3 31% (353)
2 13% (145)
1 5% (55)

Our customer reviews

Let me tell you right off the bat that this was not a book that connected with me in the way I had hoped. Don't get me wrong--the book had good content, characters, and much more. There was a lot of great historical reference, and I appreciated that immensely. I also loved the music and artistic bent of some of the characters in the story. I was enraptured with the musical descriptions, and the art was quite intriguing. In fact, for me, those were the highlights. I could have read a lot more about both. I was drawn into the way in which the children were treated. I don't want to offer any spoilers on the emotional portions of the story. But I have to give my honest opinion (which may or may not agree with yours). Unfortunately, there was a lot of truly unnecessary profanity. (I know I always feel profanity is unnecessary, but there are varying degrees in my opinion.) There were allusions to sex scenes, and some that were very non-descriptive. I could handle those. The stark violence was sometimes bone-chilling, but I suppose I could even deal with that. My highest objection was the style in which the book was written. I appreciate the fact that there was a "cast of characters" sheet in the beginning of the book. But the constant jumping from time period to time period between the chapters truly confused me. I don't mind occasional flashbacks, but I found this style to be extremely disjointed and hard to follow. Maybe I just need to get used to the style, but I feel I would have enjoyed this book more had it not jumped around so much. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated,and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
This was such an interesting book to read from the first page to the very last. The author has such a unique way of telling the story and creating characters who like the book itself came to us slow as not to reveal everything about them at once. At first I was a little unsure of the book and it wasn't until the 75 page mark that I really felt like the book had it it's stride. Prior to that I was a little lost and confused with how the story was being told and had to go back and re-read some parts to make sure I got all the information. The way in which the story is told in alternating points of view between Aiden, Elyse and Francis so at times even after I got into the book that I had to stop and get my bearing again. I think what I liked most about the characters was that each of them brought something new and interesting to the table and they were all so different it was as though they were real people. I also really enjoyed the careful attention to detail that the author took in making her scenes and descriptions seem as authentic as they were. Though I wouldn't really classify this as a historical novel it is set between 1900 and 1960. You can really tell that the author took a lot of care when she was writing and I think that is commendable. I dislike reading books that are set in another time where the authors don't do their fair share of researching to make things as accurate as they can and it is that careful attitude about the creation of her characters and descriptive writing style that made this such a successful novel. I enjoyed the fact that there were so many different facets to the book. Like I said when I first started the book I was unsure of what to make of it but when Francis's past started unwinding and I learned more about him and what happened to him during his life as well as those of Adrian and Elyse things started to make more and more sense. What surprised me the most about the novel though was that it could actually be quiet dark and bleak in places and I suppose I expected this one to be a little lighter than it was. All in all this was an enjoyable read. I can see why it won an award because the writer is exceptionally talented. She has a voice that is unique to her and she really was able to bring me into her novel and make me want to read more. I do have to say though that this is probably a book best read in snippets. I read my copy in a couple days but I can honestly say that I'm going have to go back and re-read just to make sure I caught everything. If you enjoy historical fiction set in the 1900's with a darker mysterious twist I highly recommend checking this one out it's 100% worth it. *I received a free copy in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own.show more
by Kimberly Roy
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