Tamar Myers has another riotous chapter in her "Den of Antiquity" series featuring Abigail "Abby" Timberlake Washburn, "The Glass is Always Greener." (Avon Books/HarperCollins Publisher, 279 pages)
When her friend, Rob, asks her to accompany him to the "wake" of his not-yet-deceased Aunt Jerry, Abby has no choice but to agree.
Aunt Jerry had been told by her esteemed psychic that she would die on August 10th. No Southern lady would dream of departing without a proper preparation for her bon voyage.
At the "memorial", Aunt Jerry discloses her Last Will and Testament and bequeaths to Abby a spectacular 22.5 carat emerald ring that could feed half of Columbia.
Fortune has not truly smiled upon Abby as Aunt Jerry's body is soon discovered stashed in a freezer and Abigail Timberlake becomes the prime suspect.
Once again, Abby and the girls, including her irrepressible mother, Mozella, must do some Southern-style sleuthing to spare their beloved antiquarian's reputation - to say nothing about a potentially lengthy sentence in the slammer.
While the ending concerning the Rob/Bob couple was a bit confusing, this latest chapter in the life of Abigail Timberlake Washburn is filled with hilarity and some well-placed gentle digs at Republicans, right-wingers, greedy televangelists and pseudo-Southerners (the folks who use "y'all" even when they are speaking to an individual.)
Tamar Myers knows how to deliver a mystery with plenty of fun.