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e-Book The Girl with the Phony Name (Girl Series) download

by Charles Mathes

ISBN: 0312081987
ISBN13: 978-0312081980
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 15, 1992)
Pages: 224
Category: Mystery
Subategory: Thriller

ePub size: 1367 kb
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Rating: 4.8
Votes: 459
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Charles Mathes' "girl" in this one is an orphan in the ultimate dead end job as a hotel quality inspector. Well, I'm all for odd, and so I happily plunged into The Girl with the Phony Name which was not nearly so odd as I thought it might be. I'd say the applicable word is wonderful.

Charles Mathes' "girl" in this one is an orphan in the ultimate dead end job as a hotel quality inspector. But her job gets her to lots of cities, so she can look up her family name in the telephone book, and the vain hope of finding her parents. This one is pre-internet, kids. And the people in it are wonderful.

The girl was so perky you could probably fry an egg on her face. Checking phone books was Lucy’s only hobby. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading

The girl was so perky you could probably fry an egg on her face. It cost nothing and gave her a little hope. Everybody needs a little hope, Lucy had often confided to furniture. Everywhere she went Lucy ritually checked the phone books. The nuns at St. Anthony’s claimed she had no family, but Lucy never believed a word the nuns said about anything. Everyone had somebody. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Charles Mathes for many years ran an international play-publishing and licensing company. He is now an appraiser of fine and decorative arts in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Arlene Graston, an artist and writer. Mr. Mathes is the author of several books. Библиографические данные. The Girl with the Phony Name Girl Series.

Charles Mathes has impressed readers with his inventive series of Girl stand-alones in which a different female heroine must uncover a dark secret about her family's past. In this fourth addition to the series.

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Having contacted everyone in five hundred phone books whose name even vaguely resembled Trelaine or MacAlpin to no avail, all she knows is that her parents were killed in a car crash in western Massachusetts twenty-eight years ago. Her luck changes when she sees a newspaper ad from a law firm inquiring as to the whereabouts of one Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine. Books related to The Girl with the Phony Name. Woman of Grace (Brides of Culdee Creek Book #2).

Charles Mathes has forged a unique career in three notoriously difficult industries: publishing, theatre, and ar.

Charles Mathes has forged a unique career in three notoriously difficult industries: publishing, theatre, and art. After a long run heading Rodgers & Hammerstein's play publishing and licensing company, Charles became director of the internationally known Jane Kahan Gallery in New York City. He is now an independent art appraiser and consultant. He is also the author of a series of art and antiques-related mystery novels: THE GIRL WITH THE PHONY NAME (1992), THE GIRL WHO REMEMBERED SNOW (1996), THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE LINE (1999), and THE GIRL IN THE FACE OF THE CLOCK (2001). He is married to Arlene Graston, an artist and writer.

The book is so well written and the characters so likeable that it really bothered me to be done with the book! . My thanks to Charles Mathes.

The book is so well written and the characters so likeable that it really bothered me to be done with the book! I simply adore Tak Wing and his unique fellow employees as well as Lucy, the main character. Jolly fun! Don't miss it. Published by Thriftbooks. The treasure was a pleasure.

Charles Mathes, writer, art dealer, art appraiser. Shubert fellow, 1973-1975. The Girl with the Phony Name (Girl Series). Member Appraisers Association American, Mystery Writers American, Authors Guild. In Every Moon There Is a Face. This elegant book began with the simple words of a poet,. Treasure house of material history: The Science Museum in London! (1857-1957) (Newcomen Society of England.

The Girl with the Phony Name. Charles Mathes has impressed readers with his inventive series of "Girl" stand-alones in which a different female heroine must uncover a dark secret about her family's past. So reads the fine lettering on the back of the intricate, ornate Celtic brooch Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine has just inherited. In this fourth addition to the series, Mathes brings readers Jane Sailor, a young woman who choreographs stage combat for theatrical productions. She is working at a regional repertory company when she gets an ominous phone call urging her to return to New York: something has happened to her father.

So reads the fine lettering on the back of the intricate, ornate Celtic brooch Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine has just inherited.Lucy, an independent twenty-nine-year-old orphan, has devoted a considerable amount of time and energy trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her past. Having contacted everyone in five hundred phone books whose name even vaguely resembled Trelaine or MacAlpin to no avail, all she knows is that her parents were killed in a car crash in western Massachusetts twenty-eight years ago. Her luck changes when she sees a newspaper ad from a law firm inquiring as to the whereabouts of one Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine.The ad leads her to an "inheritance," which is no more than the Celtic brooch stolen from her after the car crash so many years ago, but it does provide her with a fresh trail of clues to follow, clues that take her to New York City. To make ends meet while continuing her investigations, she takes a job with hyperactive business entrepreneur Tak Wing, owner of the Neat 'n' Tidy chain of funeral parlors.Determined to help Lucy find her true identity, Tak Wing insists that they travel to the Scottish Hebrides, with Lucy disguised as a punk rocker. From kidnapping to grave-robbing to tea with the local laird, Lucy's adventures propel her toward a conclusion that may shake the British Empire to its foundations.
Comments:
Melipra
I must confess that this is my favorite Charles Mathes book so far (and I really loved the other ones I read!) I was immediately drawn in by the very first sentence of the prologue: “It was one of those autumns 30 years ago when cars still had tail fins and kids wanted to be policemen when they grew up and America had never lost a war”. Now that’s writing!!

Mathes, as usual, had so many “suspects’ and so many plot turns, that once again, I was surprised at the end (which is not a normal occurrence for me). The plot was also more complex than some of the others, because the characters were so well developed that in many cases there were no clear “villains” vs “protagonists”. I love the rhythm of this book and the humor that Mathes injects into his writing. I loved Emma Passant in “The Girl who Remembered Snow”, but Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine gives her a run for the money, and I can’t even begin to find the words to describe the offbeat character of Tak Wing. I thoroughly enjoyed weaving my way through this book.

Jek
Book Club Review
The Girl with the Phony Name
Charles Mathes

Our book club's book for October was THE GIRL WITH THE PHONY NAME, by Charles Mathes. We'd had such fun with last month's book (ANDROGYNOUS MURDER HOUSE PARTY, by Steven Rigolosi) that we decided we wanted another fun book. We hadn't read a good caper in a while, and one of our members mentioned that she'd heard good things about this book. Very few of us had ever heard of it, and we were feeling intrepid, so we decided to go for it, and we were glad we did.

THE GIRL WITH THE PHONY NAME is the story of Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine. All of this takes place in the first chapter, so it's not a spoiler: Lucy's parents are killed in a car crash in Upstate New York when she is just an infant, and she is rescued from the smoking wreckage and sent to an orphanage. She's an independent and likable young woman with a longing to know where she comes from and who her family was. As the book gets started, she is being laid off from her current job (as quality control inspector for a dumpy hotel chain), and a series of events send her off on a hot trail to figure out who she is. The journey takes her to Manhattan, across the river to a new kind of funeral parlor/crematorium in New Jersey, and finally abroad.

On her journey, Lucy meets with all kinds of quirky characters, including "Aunt Sally" the semi-autistic cook, and Mr. Wing, Chinese funeral parlor entrepreneur who speaks with a hilarious accent. Before Lucy knows it, she is getting pulled into an aristocratic past filled with ancient valuable jewelry and (believe it or not) buried treasure.

If it all sounds a little far-fetched, it is. The story relies on a few coincidences to get started, and then even more to move the plot along. And yet, as a group, we decided that didn't matter in the least. Lucy is such pleasant company--you really do like her, and root for her, and the quirky little "family" she manages to find herself a part of is warm and real. The international caper aspect makes the book fun to read and fast paced. In fact, we almost felt (in a GOOD way) that the book was sort of a throw-back to a more innocent time; there's no sex, profanity, gore, or violence, just some really good thrills and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

What we all commented on -- and all liked -- was the quality of the writing. Mathes is just a clever writer. His observations are spot-on, dry, and wry, and we liked the way he pulled off creating such an appealing and realistic heroine while not making her seem too Pollyanna-ish. The plot does require suspension of disbelief, but THE GIRL WITH THE PHONY NAME is one of those books where you gladly put reality aside and root for the good guys. Interestingly, we also found that the book appealed to both the women and the men in our group (because we sometimes divide along gender lines in our ultimate "appraisals" of the book.)

All told, we felt that Charles Mathes is a keeper. On an interesting note, we had read a book that is positioned as a cozy, Louise Penny's THE CRUELEST MONTH, a while back, and we didn't care for it. Could this be evidence that books that try too hard to be "cozy" come across as schlocky, while those that are light and witty, like THE GIRL WITH THE PHONY NAME, manage to pull off a much more warm type of coziness? Food for thought.

Steep
After reading the other wonderful praise by fellow reviewers, I actually bought the book (since it's now out of print)from a zbook dealer amazon referred. What a great find! This book was a joy to read. I loved Lucy McAlpin Trelaine and can't wait to see her next appearance...Tak Wing is a wonderfully quirky character and his unusual funeral parlor made me hysterical! Follow Lucy as she travels from Chicago to Weehawken NJ to the island of Lis in Scotland to determine her true identity as well as information on her deceased parents. Humor and bizarre secondary characters abound! Please Mr Mathes, more Lucy!!!

blac wolf
The book is so well written and the characters so likeable that it really bothered me to be done with the book! I simply adore Tak Wing and his unique fellow employees as well as Lucy, the main character. Though I also thoroughly enjoyed his other book and Emma Passant, this one is my favorite of his and of any other author I have read yet this year.

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