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Paperback Hotel Paradise (Random House Large Print) [Large Print] Book

ISBN: 0679758798

ISBN13: 9780679758792

Hotel Paradise (Random House Large Print) [Large Print]

(Book #1 in the Emma Graham Series)

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Internationally acclaimed Martha Grimes once again turns her hand to crafting a story of such rich atmosphere and intricate suspense that she transports the reader to a world unlike any other. A once-fashionable, now fading resort hotel. A spinster Aunt living in an attic. Dirt roads that lead to dead ends. A house full of secrets and old, dusty furnishings, uninhabited for almost half a century. A twelve-year-old girl with a passion for double-chocolate...

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A Kind of Paradise

This book begins a trilogy that surpasses the genre of mysteries. The development of Emma as a young narrator is both real and poignant and humorous--I found I was thinking of her as a real human being, whose brave acceptance of the life she's been given moved me. If you enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird, or even Anne of Green Gables when you were young, you should find this book and enter this beautifully drawn world of a South from not so long ago.

Perfect vacation book!

I have to disagree with the negative reviews printed here. Hotel Paradise is exactly the kind of book I love to read. I took it on vacation and lounged in the sun with it for several days. As soon as it ended, I started it again. Martha Grimes obviously has a great respect for young people and their intuitive view of the adult world. I wasn't bothered at all at the lack of plot action or mystery resolution. The resolution is there for readers to decipher on their own. Can't wait to discuss this book with my Mother Daughter book group.

I adore this book.

I must disagree with the reader who skewers this book so dreadfully (regarding a 12 year-old's vocabulary). Perhaps one of the reasons I responded so viscerally to Grimes' book is that I was a 12 year-old exactly like this narrator--bookish and full of Victorian words better written than pronounced. In "Hotel Paradise," Grimes creates a book that completely pulled me in and when it ended, I was saddened because then I had to give up the narrator's world, one I happily entered for a period of hours. I will collect Martha Grimes' books happily now (this was my first one). I most heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes books for the way they are written, and to those who can use their own imaginations when they read--after all, isn't that part of the fun of reading fiction? Grimes is no dime-store novel simpleton. Her words leap off of the page and the phrases in "Hotel Paradise" are almost edible. Buy this book in hardcover and loan it to a friend when you are finished.

Beautifully written! Beautifully written!

I've read most of Grimes' Richard Jury mysteries and have enjoyed them enough to pick-up the next one I run across. But nothing in these novels prepared me for the excellence of this book. Gentle and flowing, the writing pulls you in and holds you captivated in the shadowy interior world of a teenage girl coming of age - a world halfway between dream and reality yet totally believable. The best writing I have encountered in a long, long time.

Wonderful book that fiction readers may miss in mystery sect

This is the second of Martha Grimes books which depart from her usual fun English mystery format and I think it is much more successful than the first attempt. This book tells the story of a 12 year old girl living with her Mother in a run-down resort hotel who becomes obsessed with understanding why a girl her age drowned in the lake in front of their property 40 years ago. It is really a great coming of age story about a young girl who has been emotionally abandoned by her family and who needs find a place for herself and understand that sometimes one person in a family may become the family scapegoat for reasons they can't control. You will love the main character. She is spunky and intelligent and brave. This book is usually cataloged in the mystery section but is really just good fiction and shouldn't be overlooked by those people who say "I don't read mysteries".
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