Blue

Blue Blue McCarron the savvy gay social psychologist with a yen for crime detection is captivated by the bizarre case of Beatrice Muffin Crandall a proper grande dame of who has just confessed to mu

  • Title: Blue
  • Author: Abigail Padgett
  • ISBN: 9780446677028
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blue McCarron, the savvy, gay social psychologist with a yen for crime detection, is captivated by the bizarre case of Beatrice Muffin Crandall, a proper grande dame of 72 who has just confessed to murdering a man, chopping him up, and storing his body parts in a frozen locker But why is Muffin s brother Dan asking Blue for her help in getting Muffin to retract her confBlue McCarron, the savvy, gay social psychologist with a yen for crime detection, is captivated by the bizarre case of Beatrice Muffin Crandall, a proper grande dame of 72 who has just confessed to murdering a man, chopping him up, and storing his body parts in a frozen locker But why is Muffin s brother Dan asking Blue for her help in getting Muffin to retract her confession And why are Muffin s wealthy society friends clearly lying to protect her Stalking the truth will lead Blue to a desperate, nationwide conspiracy and an unraveling mystery dangerous than she bargained for.

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    1. Ever read a book where, while enjoying the story and writing, and liking the main character, you felt constantly just a little uncomfortable because of one facet of that character's . . .well, character? This was that for me. Blue is a lesbian. Okay, no problem there.But Blue's angry, negative attitude toward most men (apparently her dad;Bo,a gay ex-con; Dan, a stranger to her, and in the end; her brother, are okay)is something that made me uncomfortable. I think it's much like I would feel read [...]

    2. Hilarious - one mixed-up lesbian social psychologist named 'Blue' pining over an ex-gf who disappeared, combined with a gorgeous Dobermann named Bronte, a range of characters affiliated with a silly superficial murder mystery involving a bunch of lovely older women (and although I figured out whodunwot and why early on, it really doesn't matter that much as going along for the ride with Blue is the fun part), and a lot of witty off-track tangents of Blue's opinions about life, the universe and e [...]

    3. There are a lot of good things about this novel. The locale, for example: Dr. Blue McCarron lives with her Doberman in a ghost motel in the southern California desert. She is a social psychologist with the ability to analyze unprofitable businesses and give advice on turnaround strategies. It is making her rich. Even more interesting, her dissertation, Ape, discusses how humans often revert to an innate primate behavior. Her use of this idea to analyze the various characters who come into her li [...]

    4. After only a couple of pages I knew I was going to love this book. The first person voice is stunningly individual and I just want to curl up and let Blue McCarron tell me all about her story. The rest of my comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers] [About Blue and Other Characters] I've only read the first few chapters of the book so far so I don't want to read anybody else's replys for fear of spoilers as this is a whole book discussion. So far I'm really [...]

    5. I totally loved this book when I read it in October 1998, and re-read it again recently and loved it just as much the second time. Emily "Blue" McCarron is a social psychologist, lesbian, loving owner of a doberman, Bronte, who consults with business owners on how to improve their businesses. In this book, first of a series of two (Abigail Padgett has not written a book since the sequel, The Last Blue Plate Special, came out in 2001--don't know why, and am somewhat distressed about it.) a man co [...]

    6. A new author, it was a book someone dropped off at the library (donation) and needing a book I grabbed it.Blue McCarron is a Social Psychologist who contracts out to malls and stores to help improve sales and she teaches part time at a girls juvenile detention center near her San Diego area home. When her partner suddenly takes off and disappears Blue finds an old unfinished motel for sale out in the desert and buys it on the cheap. She lives there with her Doberman rescue dog Bronte. One day sh [...]

    7. This is a character-driven book and Blue McCarron is definitely an unforgettable character. A minister's kid, she has an imprisoned twin brother who tried to rob a bank, and a broken heart from grieving over her lost lover, Misha. Her analysis of people and social interactions around her by applying social psychology and primate behaviour to human relationships is very unusual and witty. Told from Blue McCarron’s point of view the murder story is interwoven with Blue’s family story and past [...]

    8. Loved it! Not sure when I've read a book that I enjoyed so much on so many different levels: mystery, character study, feminist essay, theological pondering, romance, suspenseful drama. Okay, so the plot's a little convoluted, maybe too many story lines, and the way they all come together in the end is a little too convenient, contrived, even, but, for some reason, it all just seems to work. Some of the digressions from the plot, Blue's musings on various subjects, are absorbing and thought-prov [...]

    9. Squee! Lesbian mystery novel about a social psychologist, Blue, hired by an accused murderess' brother to prove that she didn't do it. Blue *rocks*. Although her academic career was all about how the differences between men and women can be traced to primordial 'primate' behaviors (a notion I find politically repellant as well as theoretically unsound), she's funny, smart, engaging, cool -- and this book is populated by *wonderful* radical/lesbian feminists all over the place, and whee! (Her dog [...]

    10. Of all the thousands of crime novels I have read, this was perhaps the most offbeat -- in a good way. On the one hand it is pretty preposterous, a social psychologist hired to investigate what appears to be a fabricated confession to murder. Who lives in the desert in a deserted motel without running water. Eventually there are coincidences almost to rival Kate Atkinson. And yet I found myself completely engaged in the story. Some would find it a bit heavily awash in feminist analysis, but I did [...]

    11. I recently made a trip to San Diego and searched out some local fiction to read to prepare. The local flavor could have been tastier but in general it worked.I definitely want to see the desert now.Beyond that I liked this book and wanted to like it more. However it was a weak mystery. And the main plot wasn't strong enough to overcome this flaw.But lesbian separatist fiction from the early 90s is still pretty awesome.

    12. I picked this up based entirely on the badly-drawn motorcycle on the cover. Unfortunately, there is not a single motorcycle in this book; however, it is a very entertaining read - not great literature but the sort of pleasant escapism that keeps you reading a story from cover to cover. I'm glad I came across it.

    13. This is one of the strangest books I've ever read. I'm not even sure I liked it but it sure was intriguing. Blue McCarron is a social psychologist. She's also a mess. She's isolated herself in the desert and is dragged into a 5 year old murder. The writing of this story is complicated and often gets in the way but nearly as often is really interesting.

    14. I just finished a fantasy book, so it took me am inute to adjust to this one, but I really enjoyed it. Gayer than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. Interesting conversations about primate behavior and how it relates to criminal behavior. I liked it.

    15. The book was okay, even though Blue herself was somewhat annoying. But the ending? You have GOT to be kidding me. Ridiculous.

    16. The first half of this book was overly slow and full of confusing flashbacks. Second half was a fairly enjoyable mystery, though I admit I'm still a tad bit confused about how it all tied together.

    17. Another of my favorite authors - her mysteries are fun, while illustrating how a person with bipolar disorder can manage her own illness very well.

    18. I used to scour the library shelves for anything by this author; I'm so glad to see that has other books by her, including in other languages.

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