tirsdag den 2. juni 2009
Susan Moody, Penny Black (1984)
[Denne serie er ikke oversat til dansk]
This crime novel is the first in the Penny Wanawake series, and Susan Moody´s debut.
Tall, black and beautiful Penny is an amateur sleuth and the daughter of an African diplomat and a British upper class woman. She goes to California to visit her old friend ´Marfa´, a blonde, beautiful and dumb model, only to realize that Marfa has disappeared.
Penny is a very resourceful and capable detective who is determined to find out what has happened to Marfa. The reader is somewhat better informed about the young girl´s fate, but not why she dies wearing a white orchid.
“… Marfa was still blonde, still dumb, but no longer very beautiful. Marfa was never going to look good in a bikini again. Nor in anything else. She wasn´t even going to make what you might call a tasteful corpse. She sat slumped in a washroom cubicle, the weight of her body holding the door shut. Her face looked as though a tribal witch-doctor had been experimenting with the placing of ceremonial scars.”
Penny is an entertaining and refreshing heroine, and if she needs a helping hand, Barnaby, lover, friend and gentleman thief, is at her service.
The series seems to be somewhat uneven, however. The fifth volume, Penny Wise, is a rather colourful action thriller to put it kindly.