AS THE SPARKS FLY UPWARD by Gloria Dank

AS THE SPARKS FLY UPWARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A teeth-gratingly cute hardcover introduction to the unflappable Maya, her curmudgeonly husband Bernard (a children's book writer), and her quixotic brother Snooky--who, here, invites the two to visit him at his rustic cabin sublet in Lyle, Vermont. While there, the threesome attend a dinner party at Snooky's new girlfriend's house--a party ruined when aged Aunt Irma announces her impending marriage to Bobby, a young fortune-hunter. Before Irma can change her will in his favor, however, he's dispatched in the woods and the quest is on: Which relative done it? Irma's ne'er-do-well brother? His perennially broke son? Irma's ex-sister- in-law Gertie, who has shared her house on sufferance? Or Irma herself, a crack shot, who might have learned of Bobby's philandering with a neighborhood tootsie? While Snooky concocts yet another recipe drenched in cider, and Maya coddles both her brother and her husband, Irma O.D.'s on her heart medicine, and Gertie, out tramping the woods, is waylaid and murdered. A few clues (wills/diaries, etc.) later, the murders and the suicide are appropriately assigned, and Snooky heads for Canada while Maya and Bernard head home. Unfunny--unless you've got a high tolerance for eccentrics, whimsy, and second-rate Nick & Nora dialogue.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1992
ISBN: 0-385-42236-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1992