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Mystery Book Group: Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 8:30am
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

Start your morning with a lively discussion of Ware's Death of Mrs. Westaway

Whether you loved it, hated it, or haven't finished it, we want to see you at our Mystery Book Group at America's Oldest Children's Bookstore!

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501156250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 30th, 2019

The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781501156229
Availability: Available Now
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 28th, 2018

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I enjoyed the book although it's not one I would have selected on my own.  Especially for a debut novel I thought it was well done and engaging. I can't attest to the historical accuracy of the book's premise (yes, I know it's historical fiction). Over-all I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, entertaining read for beachside (when beaches reopen) or for a weekend of relaxation even if it's in your own backyard. There were moments where I thought the perspectives of the protagonist - Anita (The Woman in Red) - stemmed from our 21st century experiences as opposed to how the setting might have been perceived in the time period of the book, but this wasn't so distracting that it ruined the novel. On an entirely positive note, I would say that one place where most novels fail for me is the ending - too many novels are either entirely predictable or feel rushed and hurried as if trying to tie up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the outcome at the end of The Woman in Red

Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars . It was a respectable first novel from Diana Giovinazzo, with an engaging story line that was enjoyably uncomplicated yet intriguing, a likeable protagonist, and a surprise ending.

- reviewed by Diane, customer