MR. FLOOD’S LAST RESORT by Jess Kid: A Review

Started and finished in the same week…couldn’t put it down!

I read this book in two days–just kept turning pages to figure out the mystery at the center of the plot.

We first meet Maud Drennan, who works for a caretaker/housekeeper company, as she is tackling Mr. Flood’s falling-down, stuffed-to-the-gills house. Cathal Flood, her employer, is a belligerent curmudgeon, hoarder who is trying to outsmart his unctuous son, Gabriel Flood. Gabriel wants to put his father in a “home” where he can receive full-time attention. Instead, Cathal hires Maud to save his “estate,” Bridlemere. Maud has psychic abilities (She sees and communicates with Saints.), and she takes no nonsense from Mr. Flood. Throughout the novel, there are flashbacks to when Maud was a child when her sister “disappeared,” a mystery within a mystery.

This is a story of family love and dysfunction. In an action-packed ending, Maude shows her true colors. The ending is not totally happy, but it is satisfactory, and it hints at the possiblity of a sequel.

A secondary character must be mentioned. Renata, a drag queen and Maude’s best friend/worst enemy encourages Maude to investigate what has happened to Mrs. Flood, suspecting Cathal of the worst possible crime. What these two cohorts ferret out and act on adds hilarity and suspense at the same time.

All in all, this novel is entertaining and a darned good read.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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