Barring the usual teenage pranks, all seems peaceful at Philly Prep, the private school in Philadelphia where Amanda Pepper teaches English. No doubt the money that appears to be missing from funds collected to aid victims of a catastrophic hurricane Down South will turn up. Probably the rumor that some of Amanda’s students have discovered the thrills of gambling is totally unfounded.
In any case, Amanda has other things to think about. Her husband, private investigator C. K. MacKenzie, is struggling to help his Louisiana kinfolk reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her friend Sasha’s stepmother has just committed suicide - although, according to Sasha, Phoebe Ennis would never have killed herself, especially not while having a drink and wearing a red silk blouse and red sandals with four-inch heels.
Amanda isn’t persuaded but reluctantly agrees to help investigate the woman’s demise, though the evidence for foul play is slim. True, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally loved. Phoebe’s own son hated her and she bored her friends to death with hints of her “royal” lineage. And with four marriages behind her, she was already preparing to announce her renewed availability on the Net. But when another woman is found dead in Phoebe’s house, it becomes clear that something is indeed murderously amiss, and much closer to home than Amanda or anyone else could have imagined.
All’s Well That Ends is the final book in Gillian Roberts’s acclaimed Amanda Pepper series. It’s also the best, irresistibly intelligent, and richly entertaining. Amanda’s farewell adventure brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of mystery writers” (Nancy Pickard) into full flower, and the bloom is sweet and a wonder to behold.
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Very Enjoyable End to the Series
It is above average, but not at the very top. i did find excuses to listen to this book, and I generally just listen when I'm driving or doing chores, so it was very good.
At times, the suspense was quite tense, but only because I was willing to be involved with the story and not nit-pick the plot too much.
I have read every book in the series, but this was the first book I have listened to, and Denaker voiced Amanda exactly the way I heard her in my own head. She also made each character very distinct. I will look for more books she has narrated.
Not really, but the discussions of how MacKenzie was coping with his family's misfortunes in the aftermath of the hurricane were very well-written.
I felt that this book ended the series nicely. A few of the later books in the series were a bit weak, but this book was better.
- Tracey Rains