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Easily Amused hits its stride in the first paragraph. Tight-knit, clever; it had me laughing within two pages. That was, however, the high point. Chapter 19 was the point where my slowing trickle of positive margin-commentary ran dry. Twin roads of blank margin-space stretch out to Chapter 25, where I finally felt inspired to use my pen again, but not for praise. My note reads: Sudden plunge in quality.
This is the tale of Lola Watson. A slightly introverted but modestly successful magazine editor, Watson has just inherited a stately house from a late aunt that she never really knew.
Watson is best friends with an unfortunate gentleman named Hubert Holmes, whose bad luck in romance finds him in sudden dire need of a friend with a bedroom to spare. Within hours of this event, Watson is plagued by the descent of her immature, jealous, and honestly rather nasty younger sister. The Younger Watson has plans to humiliate Older Watson at an upcoming family wedding.
What can be done? Enter a suave and mysterious man named Ryan Moriarty. Watson and Moriarty start dating in order to wreak a little turn-around on Younger Watson, and hilarity ensues. But it reads more like parody.
Our flabby-willed narrator Watson turns out to be so spineless that she spends the whole book just doing what other people tell her, stopping at every turn to explain objects of common knowledge to the reader. Do you know how to make the A-Ok sign with your hand? But have you heard how Watson does it? The peacock is the key! A real word! All of this could be forgiven except for one thing.
Watson has no curiosity. She has just moved into this mysterious old house full of secret money-stashes, secret diaries, secret keys, and secret intentions left in the will of late Aunt May…. She ignores all of that. But, well, there are other mysteries to solve! Nearly everyone in the neighborhood seems to be up to something shifty. Does Watson investigate?
Even when faced with the dilemma of something as mundane as sand pouring into her sandals when she walks on the beach, Watson seems incapable of leaping to action. Moriarty is no brain, either. It takes him some pensive seconds to come up with the genius plan that Watson remove her shoes. And it takes them a few tries to figure out how to accomplish said task, unfortunately. Had this book been written as a parody, it could almost have been genius. I wish McQuestion had seated us within the perspective of one of the neighbors, able to watch Holmes, the Two Watsons, and Moriarty make utter fools of themselves from an amusing distance.
But if you are easily entertained or decide to skip the book and pour yourself a glass anyway , pair Amused with a better tribute to the infamous sleuth: a rich and complex Cabernet Sauvignon called Educated Guess. Your email address will not be published. Recipe Rating. Easily Amused, written by self-publishing phenomenon Karen McQuestion, is probably best enjoyed by people who would describe themselves by the title. And that is, for better or worse, a sword that cuts both ways.
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Easily Amused hits its stride in the first paragraph. Tight-knit, clever; it had me laughing within two pages. That was, however, the high point. Chapter 19 was the point where my slowing trickle of positive margin-commentary ran dry. Twin roads of blank margin-space stretch out to Chapter 25, where I finally felt inspired to use my pen again, but not for praise.