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Book review: Conjugal Rites 
20th-Nov-2009 02:19 pm
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The third of the Brenda & Effie series of supernatural comedy mysteries, Conjugal Rites continues the adventures of two elderly, sometimes a bit prickly ladies in Whitby, one of whom happens to be the Bride of Frankenstein. Not quite as episodic as the first book, this one still starts with a bit of a mislead as it seems the story will be about a late night radio phone-in show that's hypnotising the locals, before Brenda's famous ex returns demanding their long-postponed wedding. Soon Brenda's disappeared and Effie has to go to Hell itself (which turns out not to be that different to Whitby) to rescue her. Once again this is a gently funny story with plenty of camp overtones, and there's bigger parts this time around for Brenda's friend Robert, who "just hasn't found the right girl yet" and his boss Sheila Manchu, the hotel manager whose late husband used to be a big deal in the world domination business. If I have a criticism it's that the overall story could be tighter, but once again this is consistently fun, with plenty of cliffhangers leading into the next book (Hell's Belles, only just out in hardback so it'll be a while before I get to that one) especially since at the end things haven't exactly gone back to the status quo.
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