Friday, July 8, 2011

Dottie Flowers & the Skinner Gang by Sheila Gale, reviewed by Sherry Isaac

Multi-Media Publications, paperback, 228 pages, $19.95 / ebook $12.95

Vincenzo the smooth-talking Italian, Enrique the swash-buckling Spaniard, Harley the gleaming Davidson. When Dottie Flowers, winner of a casino jackpot and witness to murder, runs afoul of the notorious Skinner Gang, all three come to her rescue.

Only one is who he seems.

In the quiet of country horse stables, the wineries along Niagara’s peninsula, the shaded streets of Oakville or the luxury condos of Toronto. Who can tell where Dottie, a flower child of the sixties now in her sixties, and her speed-loving, white water-rafting friend Mabel Stattergood, will dig up trouble next?

Zip up your leather jacket and strap on your helmet. Dottie Flowers and the Skinner Gang is a light-hearted caper with an endless list of shady suspects. Even Dottie is unsure who to trust, including the police.

Kidnapping, jewelry heists, forgery, fast cars, mistaken identity, snoopy neighbours, jealous wives, poisoned cats, murder and a lovesick Englishman. Dottie Flowers and the Skinner Gang has it all in one easy, fun-filled read that will breeze you through any summer weekend.

Dottie Flowers and the Skinner Gang is available for sale here. Or come to the book launch, Tuesday, July 26, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Chapters in the Oakville Town Centre and buy a signed copy from the author. More here.

Sherry Isaac has published several pieces in Quick Brown Fox. You can read one of her short stories here and other book reviews by Sherry here, here, here, and here. She’s also been published in The New Mystery Reader and in Canadian Voices, Volume One. Her short story, “The Forgetting,” placed first in the Alice Munro Contest in 2009. Her first short story collection, Storyteller, will be released this summer. Visit Sherry's website here.

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