Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book review: "Secret Sisters" by Tristi Pinkston

Are you looking for a cozy mystery, something a bit wacky, fun, and entertaining? Look no further than Secret Sisters. Okay, I'm going to admit it right here--Tristi Pinkston is in my critique group, so I got to read this almost two years ago when she first wrote it--and we laughed ourselves silly every week.

This book is a satire--in fact, when Tristi brought her first chapter to our group, she said she knew it wasn't realistic (I mean, really, how many Relief Society presidents do you know who would sneak a camera into someone's home to find out what was really going on in their family? None that I've ever known.) That's part of the book's charm. It's zany, off the wall, hilarious, and thoroughly entertaining. I looked forward to each new week to find out what Ida Mae and her friends were going to do next (and since Tristi has worked her way up to book 5 in critique, I can tell you the rest of the series is going to be every bit as enjoyable.)

Here's the back cover blurb:

Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do?

With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society.

I really enjoyed the dialogue in this story and Tansy says the most off-the-wall things--you just have to love her. There is even an interesting theme or two nestled within the mystery. I whole-heartedly reccommend this book (and that has nothing at all to do with the fact that Tristi is my friend, or that she gave me a book to review.)

This book is still trickling into stores, but you can pick it up online at Amazon. You can learn more about these fun characters at their blog, or learn more about Tristi on her blog. Oh, and don't forget to join me Friday when I interview Ida Mae!


Miss Mae said...

Now this sounds like original! I love for a story to make me laugh. :)

C.A. Marshall said...

Just letting you know that I got your book today! Thank you!

As an extra bonus, I also just got back from town (and getting the mail) to pick up some books from the library about foster parenting for some research for a new book i'm thinking up--And yours has fostering in it! Yay!

Heather Justesen said...

CA, glad you got the book okay! Good luck with your story, I'd be happy to answer questions if you have a few about foster parenting in relation to your story.

Laurean Brooks said...

I can only imagine. When you mix suspense and comedy, it has to come off as some crazy scenes. I like the idea. A new twist to suspense.

Sounds a lot like the old TV show, "Get Smart" starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon. If anything could go wrong, it did. Murphy's Law, ya know.

Gail Pallotta said...

This sounds like an unusual, fun book to read. I'm sure those cameras get some interesting shots.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

I'm reading this story right now & it's definitely funny! Thanks for your review, Heather.

L.T. Elliot said...

I loved this book. It was such a blend of hilarity and sillyness. I can't believe she's up to book 5 already!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for this awesome review, Heather! I appreciate it.