Mystery and Humor Combined | Review of No Place Like Home (Camilla Randall Mystery Series) by Anne R. Allen

17202674Advance Praise for No Place
Like Home:

“Twisted chick lit noir with a side of funny.” Ruth Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Hooked and Love and Money
“Anne R. Allen is a genius at fast and witty dialogue,” Paul Fahey, author of 16 Podewale Street
“Agatha Christie meets Dorothy Parker”, Saffina Desforges, bestselling author of Sugar and Spice/Paraphilia

Synopsis: Comedy with a conscience: The uber-rich editor of Home decorating magazine loses everything, including her Ponzi-schemer husband, when their luxury wine-country home mysteriously goes up in flames. But that’s just the beginning of Doria’s problems.

Homeless, destitute, presumed dead and branded a criminal, the once-proud Doria has a crash course in how the other half lives.

Meanwhile, reluctant sleuth Camilla Randall is facing homelessness and destitution too, as Doria’s husband’s schemes unravel and take down innocent bystanders along the way.

When the mysterious Mr X. turns up at Camilla’s bookstore expressing concern for the local homeless, Camilla is smitten. By now one might think once smitten, twice shy, but for Camilla, the search for love is a constant triumph of hope over experience.

[Continues on Goodreads . . .]

(Book cover image and synopsis via Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Two women, alone and on the run through no fault of their own. Expensive lifestyles now devastated. A Ponzi scheme. A handsome and somewhat mysterious man for whom one of them is falling. A community of homeless living nearby. And two women who thought they’d never be homeless very nearly so.

Sounds sad and depressing, doesn’t it? Put the pen at the fingertips of Anne R. Allen and nothing is farther from the truth. Allen wittingly and with tongue in cheek tells the stories of Doria Windsor Sharkov, once the shining editor of Home Magazine and Camilla Randle’s story, once known worldwide as the Manners Doctor following publication of her book, Good Manners for Bad Times.

Both women’s lives brought down as a result of misdeeds by others, and each of them finds herself living too close to the edge — the edge of homelessness. Here is where Allen’s genius comes through as she opens a window on the world of the homeless showing the reader a sensitivity toward these people who have lost everything, often through no fault of their own as well. The reality of Allen’s fiction is startling and makes one take a step back and realize poverty and homelessness isn’t a respecter of persons in every instance.

A great, fun read with social consciousness mixed in for good measure.

My Recommendation: 

Looking for a book that would make a good beach read? Pick up this one. Or if it’s the end of a long, arduous work week and you’re looking for something to read by the fire while sipping wine or drinking hot cocoa, this is the book for you too. A book for everyone who lives a good mystery, a little romance, and a bit of the world’s truth for today.

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Meet the Author:


Anne R. Allen is the author of six romantic-comedy/mysteries: THE GATSBY GAME, FOOD OF LOVE and the Camilla Randall mysteries: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKY, SHERWOOD, LTD., and NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Her publisher is Mark Williams international Digital Publishing.

She’s the co-author of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE…AND KEEP YOUR E-SANITY, written with Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Read more here . . .

(Bio and image via Amazon)

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Publisher: Mark Williams International Digital Publishing
Published: December 3, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Boomer Fiction, Mystery
ISBN 9781908961068
Source: Author

I received a copy of this book from Anne R. Allen in exchange for a fair and honest review. No other compensation exchanged hands, and the opinions stated are solely my own.

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 Tomorrow stop by for my interview with Bill Klaber, author of The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell and a chance to win a copy of this intriguing bookLooking forward to the discussions that follow.


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2 thoughts on “Mystery and Humor Combined | Review of No Place Like Home (Camilla Randall Mystery Series) by Anne R. Allen

  1. Patti Hall November 26, 2013 at 1:33 am Reply

    Sounds like a fun book!


    • Sherrey Meyer November 26, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

      There were some laugh out loud moments taking my husband by surprise!


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