Sweet Cream Ladies Ltd
May 31st, 2019 by diane92345

In Sweet Cream Ladies, Ltd., two over-the-hill (in their late thirties!) and self-acknowledged overweight actresses decide life isn’t fair. Unfortunately, their self-help plan may get them arrested.

In New York City, Binnie and Bootsie are underemployed actresses, who need to find better paying jobs. They jokingly, drunkenly, and loudly state that they are starting a hit woman company called Sweet Cream Ladies, Ltd. in a crowded bar. They proceed to name who and how they will murder their first four victims to demonstrate their talents. Two are their cheap ex-husbands. One is the lady who swindled money from Bootsie. The fourth is the actress who got the role that Bootsie wanted by using a casting couch that she appeared to drag from job to job.

The (sorta) good news is that cards are appearing on the bar’s corkboard requesting the company’s services. The bad news is that the police pull the ladies in for questioning when Bootsie’s husband is killed in the exact way they described. The really good news is that the Detective in charge of the case is hot and seems to be flirting with Bootsie.

Sweet Cream Ladies, Ltd. is a humorous cozy mystery. Hopefully, it is the first in a series. Binnie and Bootsie are hilarious and frequently end up in some slapstick situations. Their characters and the friendship between them seem genuine. Comparisons with Stephanie Plum and Lula are true. I can see this series growing a similar bond between the two leads plus it’s laugh-out-loud funny too. This book is recommended to readers that like some humor with their cozy mysteries and/or are interested in the world of acting. 4 stars!

Thanks to Encircle Publications, Ltd. and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Sex and the City and Us
June 4th, 2018 by diane92345

Detailed look at the making of Sex and the City.

What adult or teen American woman has not seen themselves as a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha? Sometimes all four in the course of a week. Sex and the City’s characters became the new archetypes of a generation as The Breakfast Club had for the prior era. Watching Sex and the City now, it seems almost old-fashioned in our gender-fluid racial-diverse millennial culture where tiny houses and recycling are fashionable and conspicuous consumption is not.

Sex and the City and Us tries to explain the magic of the series. It is well researched and interesting. However, the book was written so far after the end of the show that it seems culturally irrelevant, at least to me.

However, Sex and the City and Us is perfect for readers wanting to break into show business as either actors, writers, directors, producers or even costumers. There are many details about how the show was created and run from each of those perspectives. It also relates some of the issues of being in the business like waiting six months for the first episode to air. Should the actors, writers, and directors take other “permanent” jobs or wait to see if the show is a hit?

Sex and the City and Us is also a good choice for hard-core fans of the show. Many of the underlying reasons for some of the quixotic decisions within the show are explained.

For most other readers, it is a long slog. Still it rates 4 stars if you fall into one of the above groups!

Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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