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Following Polly ~ Karen Bergreen

June 18, 2011

Genre: Adult fiction/ Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press,
320 pages
ISBN: 9780312571092
Source: Publisher via Librarything

Alice Teakle is your average Harvard graduate with a steel trap memory, an obsessive crush and no ambition. She’s single but she has friends to live vicariously through. She has a slightly hellish job as a casting agent until her good-natured honesty helps her career take a turn for the pits.

She also has a slightly odd hobby of following people around but it’s never really lead to anything sinister.

It’s never lead to anything sinister before Polly Dawson.

After her job hits the rocks, Alice finds herself tailing Polly, an old Harvard gal cum fashion mogul. All is perfectly fine as stalking goes, until Alice stumbles upon her subject stabbed to pieces.

Suddenly Alice does have some ambition, focusing mostly on not going down her Polly’s murder.

Along with a strangely timed meet up with her lifelong crush, Alice navigates the tricky waters she seems to have found herself in.

This book is so totally weird and funny but hard to describe without explaining too much. This is Karen Bergreen’s (also a Harvard lady and comedienne) first novel and I’ll definitely attest to her sparkle as a quirky, light mystery writer. I wasn’t really sure how this one would turn out as it balanced what seemed to be a light, silly premise with an Ivy League writer but it worked. It’s a fun, fast read but it’s also incredible adorable and quirky in a way I don’t think a lot of light mystery reads ted to be. I loved Alice and the peripheral characters played in nicely.

It’s no deep, psychological thriller, for sure, but it held my attention and I would definitely pick up another Bergreen story if given the chance.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2011 12:00 pm

    I like light and quirky reads so this one sounds like fun. I bet it would make a great beach read for me, so I will have to add it to the ever growing list and give it some attention this summer. Fantastic review on this one today!

  2. June 19, 2011 7:23 pm

    I had to laugh at her rather odd hobby. It sounds like she is Harriet the Spy all grown up!!

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