MAVIS LEVACK, P.I. - Marele Day

Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Personally I think I agree with Eddy - Mavis is a busybody.  She's also a bored housewife, living in a flat with her retired husband, desperate for something to break the monotony of life.  When Claudia Valentine drops in to peak through the curtains as part of her investigation in The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender, Mavis is intrigued - and she's unstoppable.

This is a series of short stories all about Mavis and the way that she can manage to turn anything into an investigation - if the dead bodies aren't dropping at her feet - then she'll chase down your missing garden gnome for you.  Teetering close to suffocatingly cosy, Day keeps Mavis just this side of slappable by giving her a startingly active sex life and a good sense of humour, these short stories are light, amusing and entertaining.  Definitely one for fans of the light-hearted.

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You're never too old, says Mavis Levack.  If only she could remember what it is you're never too old for.  Oh yes, that's right - a career, adventure.  It's important for a woman to have a career.  Heavens above, you can only play bowls so many days a week.

Private investigating is what Mavis Levack has in mind, but unlike private investigators in those TV shows, Mavis doesn't have people conveniently dropping dead at her feet.  Also, there's her husband, Eddy, calling her a busybody when really she is just an acute observer of human nature.

Mavis Levack is desperate to give a career in crime-solving a go - before it's too late.  A lack of clients is not enough to thwart Mavis.  Armed with binoculars and a sturdy pair of walking shoes Mavis Levack, P.I. goes looking for trouble in this entertaining collection of short stories by award-winning author Marele Day.

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