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Waitress, property owner, amanuensis, amateur bowler and part-time sleuth are words that can be used to describe the protagonist Abby Silvernale. Abby was introduced in Pomeroy's book The Dead End of Town and quickly became a favorite of mine.
When Abby's husband committed suicide Abby became the owner of a farm that also served as a sort of truck cemetery. Abby leases the farm and lives in a modest trailer on the land. She works part-time at the Inn-Between, a restaurant, in the resort town of Bantam, New York. When her boss Dulcie begins to cut everyone's shifts due to business slowing down Abby takes on the part-time job of amanuensis. An amanuensis is more commonly referred to as a secretary. Norman Smith, Abby's part-time boss, much prefers the word amanuensis to secretary. Norman is suffering from Alzheimer's and needs someone to help him with his correspondence. Norman was a well-known sculptor prior to the onset of Alzheimer's.
Abby had been to Norman's house before being hired although Norman is not aware of that fact. Abby picked up a young woman named Germaine along the road when Germaine had run into car trouble. Germaine talked Abby into dropping her buy Norman's house before taking her home. Abby's friendship with Germaine is not something easily explained in a review but makes for a lot of fun in the book.
Abby previously had asked a friend Mike to teach her how to bowl so she's now involved in a bowling league with Mike as well as Sean, her on and off boy friend.
Inn-Between needs a new dishwasher and Dulcie hires a man named Fritz. Fritz is someone that Abby takes an instant dislike to and you will soon discover she has every reason. Abby refers to Fritz as sperm-head.
Julia Pomeroy keeps Abby busy on more than one mystery in this excellent book but does a wonderful job of weaving them all together. Germaine has a grudge against Norman. Norman is in danger although he doesn't realize it. Dulcie is taken in by Fritz and turns against her family of employees at the Inn-Between. In her job as part-time sleuth Abby gets everything figured out and brings all the separate mysteries to a conclusion before the book is done.
Although the book is not scheduled for publication until September, 2007 I am already gearing up to read the third Abby Silvernale tale.