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Cathy Smith (Sophia Watson) lives in northern Maine near the Canadian border writing cozy novels (on Nook and Kindle also as Zara Brooks-Watson), poetry (on Kindle as Cathy Smith), taking photographs (for the poetry) and editing her short stories from the Nineties (of which she has many). She lives in a farming (rural) area watching the wildlife -- recently foxes, weasels and cardinals -- and the ubiquitous coyote. She has a wonderful rescued Yorkshire terrier named Sparky, supports third world and other animal rescue organizations online and has owned quite a few amazing dogs and cats.
She also writes under two pseudonyms -- Zara Brooks-Watson and Sophia Watson (cozy mysteries). She has four book websites -- silverlakemysteries.weebly.com -- jitterbug-watson.weebly.com -- zarabrookswatson.weebly.com and appleciderpoetry.weebly.com -- She authors the Silver Lake Cozy Mystery Series and the Bonaventura Cozy Mysteries -- samples of these books and links to all of her online downloads are available on the website link below. She is her own publisher as Cozy Pubishing. More books are available under all three names on Nook and Kindle and many other e-book distributors online. She attended Boston University (graduating magna cum laude) and Harvard.
on May 10, 2016 :
Yoga stretching, smoothie sipping, pot smoking liberals on one hand and the gun crazed, loud mouthed, unhinged farmer conservatives on the other hand.
This author manages to insult everyone via stereotype. One character is homosexual because he lisps a bit. The Hispanic brothers are named Chico and Cisco? Black man snorts cocaine at a movie theater and there is the ubiquitous crazy black lady next door.
But the worse stereotyping is used against those big bad bogeymen: the conservatives. As in most liberal folklore, conservatives are mean-spirited, violent, and murderous.
This books gets stripped down to 1 star for several reasons.
First, the over-the-top stereotyping. And the over politicizing of the story. The poor character development with their sophomoric unrealistic dialogue makes me think this book was a written by a middle schooler.
I think there was supposed to be humour in there but that mostly failed. Although I did get a chuckle every once in awhile. It's sad that this story is so poorly executed because the story itself had possibilities.
(review of free book)
on April 17, 2016 :
Fun and quirky, I loved the characters and the town which was as much a character as the people. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns.I thought it had a bit of satire at the base of the plot. All in all a great read that kept me entertained.
(review of free book)