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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Poppy Shaw, a not-very-successful forty-six-year-old actress, moved to a splendid guesthouse in Topanga Canyon for a ridiculously low rent. She then learned that the urn with the remains of a famous healer named Dalia, who had lived in the house, was buried under the olive tree in the yard. Moreover, Dalia's excitable fans were permitted to visit the site any time they wished. Every cloud has a silver lining and Dalia's clothes worked like lucky talismans for Poppy. But who was the mysterious Dalia and why was the driver's license of Iris Ortega, a Dalia look-alike, left in one of her shoe boxes? Poppy found herself in the aftermath of Dalia's ex-husbands, her possible relatives, and even the FBI agents, for Dalia had connections with Cuban drug lords and Colombian cartels. There's a Dead Girl in My Yard by Angela Page and Mia Altieri is an exciting read for fans of suspense and crime thrillers.
There's a Dead Girl in My Yard is a page-turner, and it will be hard for you to put it down. Angela Page and Mia Altieri narrate their story from two perspectives. We can hear the raspy voice of Iris, relating the story of her life with all its ups and downs, including her fight with cancer. The main storyline belongs to Poppy, and it's full of wry humor and self-analysis. The writing style allows us to distinguish these two different voices and see their uniqueness and originality. Page and Altieri did a great job creating the unpredictable plot. The lives of Poppy and Iris become interconnected to create a web of entanglement. Page and Altieri write about two women in different circumstances but both strong and determined not to give up despite their age or terminal illness. The book introduced striking secondary characters, like old Amapola, who taught Iris the magical ways and predicted her future, or amazing Olmo, Poppy's chivalrous love interest. The touch of Caribbean mysticism reminded me of the works of the great Gabriel García Márquez. I hope to read more of Poppy's dizzying adventures.