(Another) Five Star Review!
“Malice in a Very Small Town”
By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is a novel of suspense written by Greg Jolley. While this is not the first book in Jolley’s Danser series, the author gives enough background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Sara and Wiki had found a suitable temporary rental for themselves and their child in the small town of Dent. The house commanded gorgeous views of Lake Dent with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open ground-floor space designed for entertaining. While the movers were bringing in the family’s furniture and possessions, Sarah wondered again at the one neighbor who seemed to be definitely off-kilter. She had met Mrs. Weap while considering the rental and had not been overly impressed by her, but now the woman was burning something that smelled awful and gave off black and oily smoke from the burn pile she was tending. Sara couldn’t help but suppress a bit of revulsion, and she decided to rename the Weap family, as the rental agent had identified them, as the Creep family. Dent was not the most diverse or tolerant town for the young lesbian couple and their ebullient four-year-old to live in, but all too soon, they begin to fear for their child’s and their own safety.
Greg Jolley’s novel of suspense, Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel, is a fast-paced and fascinating story that had me intrigued and ready to read more of the author’s Danser stories. Wiki and Sara are marvelous, well-defined characters and their daughter, the irrepressible Cry Baby, aka Seabee, is a veritable force of nature. Mrs. Creep is suitably awful and terrifying in a way that fits the late autumn setting for this book quite well. I enjoyed seeing how the young family managed to find kindred spirits in Maur, the shopkeeper, and some of the other residents of Dent, despite the insular nature of the town. Jolley’s plot is taut and thrilling, and his writing is smooth and fluid, making reading this book a pleasure indeed. Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is most highly recommended.
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