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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Book Review: Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?

A short review of the new novel from Jean and Mary James, 'Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?' 
from Woodrock House, ISBN 9780984860524

By Jove, I rather like this book! An adventure story incorporating a good bit of humor, it is set in the Panhandle of Florida (where I, incidentally, live). ‘Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?’, introduces us to snake-hunter and writer Jane Pate and her polished British publisher, Reginald Faircloth (who does say ‘by Jove’ occasionally — yes, he’s an unrepentant anachronism).

It may not have the intensity of Michael McKinney’s A Thousand Bridges but it offers similar insights into rural Panhandle life and attitude. A quick and entertaining read, with mystery, action, and a dash of romance. And you’ll learn way more about catching snakes than you ever would have wanted!

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book free and, furthermore, the James are relatives of mine (Mary James is, of course, Mean Mary).

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