A PLEASING SHAPE
I love the Andy Griffith Show and so when I saw this book I just had to
have it! I really enjoyed the story, although some of the way it’s
written was confusing to me. It took me to the end of the book to
really know the names of the man's daughters, as he seemed to call them
everything but their real names.
Anyway, you get to go to Mayberry, which is awesome and there’s a
mystery...as sometimes things aren't always what they seem...
Murder in Mayberry, A Pleasing Shape,
is a charming, evocative ‘time-travel’ story set in Mayberry, NC the
home of the immensely popular ‘60’s Andy Griffith Show.
Facing an unwanted ‘trial separation’ of his second marriage,
seventy-year-old retired English Professor Jason, in consultation with
his mutually loving adult daughters, Joyce and Judy, decides to spend
it in Mayberry, NC. He gathers clothing/money of the period and
employing a family heirloom that provides transition to a ‘lateral
world with space-time warp capability’ makes the journey. Here he meets
and lives in the laid-back atmosphere among the characters of the TV
series (with some minor exceptions) but also discovers that not all is
The author has provided a nostalgic ramble through thoughts of regrets
and remorse buttressed by a wealth of quotes and references to literary
works and to pertinent songs of the time. The story and dialogue range
from poignant to amusing and terminate with a fitting climax. It is a
tale that every one of the Baby Boomer Generation and before should
appreciate. Regrettably, a caveat must be added for some remaining
members of these generations who may not enjoy the indelicate (?)
language NOT associated with the Mayberry Series.
3* 5* Captivating time warp story set in ‘60’s Mayberry; 3* regrettably
John H. Manhold, Author
Not being a
fan of murder mysteries, after reading the first page of Murder in Mayberry: A Pleasing
Shape, my curiosity took me through the first chapter. I
quickly found myself hooked in a good story, well written and paced. If
you are the reader that enjoys a well written murder mystery, you will
enjoy this fine read.
~ Joe Freitus, Author