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Book Title: Columbella|
The author of the book: Phyllis A. Whitney
Edition: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Date of issue: June 1st 1966
ISBN 13: 9780385037969
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.77 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.6
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A nice surprise -- this was my first Whitney book, but I'll definitely be investing in more.
As you might guess from the lovely vintage cover, Columbella is a gentle melodrama/gothic romance hybrid that takes place on St Thomas. There are rich people with rich people problems. Cougars. Screwy mother/daughter dynamics. Jewel thieves. Seashells. Hurricanes. Scandalous bikinis. And someone gets crushed to death by a mango tree. This is contemporary rom suspense at its finest, y'all. It's squeaky clean & yet completely NOT BORING. See? IT IS POSSIBLE!
Out of the 'Big Four' 60s/70s romantic suspense authors (Holt, Stewart, Eden, & Whitney), Whitney has the reputation for being the most hacky. Granted, this is my first & only yardstick by which to measure her style...but at first blush, I'm calling bullshit. First -- all those authors have a style & preferred characters that they recycle. And second -- Whitney's writing is WAY, WAY better than the overrated boredom of anything ever penned by Dorothy Eden. Yeah, I said it. You win the rom suspense smackdown, Phyllis. It isn't even a fair fight. Comes to that, Holt & Whitney would crush Eden & Stewart in a TLC smackdown. THROW THOSE CHAIRS, LADIES! :D
...WTF just happened to this review? I should probably cut back on the caffeine.
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Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".
She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her early years in Asia. Whitney wrote more than seventy novels. In 1961, her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile novel, and she duplicated the honor in 1964, for The Mystery of the Hidden Hand. In 1988, the MWA gave her a Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Whitney died of pneumonia on February 8, 2008, aged 104.
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