Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nude Descending a Staircase by Joyce Richardson

Always ready for adventure, Amy and Susan, friends and neighbors in an idyllic university town, find more mayhem than they bargained for.

While scouring the sky for flying saucers, Amy and Susan find a naked man, unresponsive, on the grounds of the museum/asylum. So begins the trouble. As the women delve into the bohemian art scene at Foothills, they end up haplessly trying to solve the mystery of the bodies that seem to appear wherever they are. Soon, not only their friendship, but also their reputations and lives are at stake. Still, their zany spirit prevails despite pratfalls and miscalculations.

This quirky mystery is as humorous as it is intriguing. The tortured corridors of the museum are nothing compared to the strange art and artists who inhabit this world.

Nude Descending a Staircase was a really good book and I do recommend it, but I’m not quite sure it lives up to some of the wording in its blurb.  Admittedly, getting up before dawn to look for UFOs could be considered zany, but once they find the naked man in the car, it gets less so.  Oh, the bohemian artists and weird exhibits are still there and you may get a chuckle from some of that, but I got caught up in the mystery and the danger.  Susan and Amy become the prime suspects in the murders and Susan especially sets out to clear their names, while worrying about Amy who disappears for several days.  When she turns up, Amy helps, too, but more bodies surface, pointing still to the two amateur sleuths, and the closer they get to the answer, the more they realize they’re becoming the next targets.  I couldn’t put it down, but I’m knocking off half a rose because the blurb led me to expected more chuckling than there was.

Length:  218 Pages

Price:  $5.95

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if this book costs $5.95 at the publisher and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.38.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

No comments:

Post a Comment