Monday, September 28, 2009

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow

Genre: Paranormal, Chick Lit

Molly Marx watches as her family and friends gather for a funeral. The big problem is that the funeral is hers and she’s stuck in someplace called Duration. She’s only 35 years old with a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Annabel and a plastic surgeon husband, Barry. This can’t be happening. How could she be dead?

That is the question Molly needs answered before she can truly rest in peace. The last thing she remembers is riding her bike and crashing. The police are considering suicide as a possibility, but Molly knows better. Someone killed her and she wants to know who.

Molly watches over her family and remembers some of the things that led her to this point. She knew her husband cheated, but she wasn’t the perfect wife either. She learns quite a bit from her new ghostly position and realizes she made her own share of mistakes. Her one true regret is leaving her daughter without a mother.

This is both a poignant and humorous read. There’s a nice blend of both aspects in this book. The characters are all well-developed and the story moves along smoothly. My only complaint, as an avid mystery lover, is that there wasn’t more mystery involved with who killed Molly. It almost became a footnote to the book instead of the main plot. However, it did work and it was an enjoyable read.

For reading challenges: Chick Lit


  1. Oh no, she is dead? Sounds good, but I am so not into sad books at the moment.
    Good review though

  2. Yes, she is...I'm not giving away any spoiler since that's what the book is about from the start - her ghost. It was both sad and funny, but I have to admit I was feeling depressed after the book. I'm not sure if it was the book or just real life.

  3. Up until now the cover has always put me off this book. After reading your review, I definitely want to read it. I like the idea of a dead person trying to solve their own murder.

  4. Despite not being a mystery person, theis book has intrigued me for a while now. Might just have to get to it!

  5. This sounds entertaining. I've seen this book before and always wondered what it's about and if it's any good! Thanks for letting me know, this sounds like a good, relaxing read!

  6. This does sound good, even if there wasnt too much mystery around who killed Mollys character.
    Great review ;)

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I did, too. I agree that Molly's death was more of a footnote, but I think that's because the book wasn't about who killed her and why she died but what she learns when she's dead. Still, I wish there had been more to it than there was.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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