Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Death By Roses by Vivian R. Probst


For the first time in nearly thirty years of marriage, Art McElroy Sr. buys his headstrong, disapproving wife a dozen yellow roses. Hours later he discovers her lifeless body seated on the toilet. Mae Rose McElroy's sudden death leaves a void in her family and in the entire Midwestern farming community of Fairview. It's a void Mae Rose will attempt to fill, herself, from the hereafter by meddling directly in earthly affairs.

Mae Rose's meddling leads to her spiritual expulsion from heaven, and she winds up in the body of Mary Lee Broadmoor (Scary Mary), a crusty writer and director of exquisite horror movies. Mary Lee refuses to succumb to stage-4 pancreatic cancer until she gets one final shot at an elusive Oscar. Like Mae Rose, who argues with God for a return to earth, Mary Lee pleads, from her Hollywood deathbed, for more time to complete her work, as her hospice nurse, Gertie Morgan, looks on.

The two women's spirits work together, and Mae Rose provides her host with a new script idea: a love story, based on her life! The script earns Mary Lee her coveted Academy Award, but the movie's release shocks and disturbs Mae Rose's family. They set out to find, and confront, the woman who has somehow co-opted, and publicly revealed, their personal tragedy.

Along the way, new love emerges as the reader meets a caste of crazy, eccentric, but highly memorable characters. "Death by Roses" suggests that relationships don't end at death, but continue until their ultimate purpose is achieved. The universe has every resource at its disposal to get the job done. It also has an amazing sense of humor.

My Thoughts

Death By Roses was not quite what I thought it was going to be.  Im not sure why I assumed that it would be something else, but I just did.  Maybe it is because of my preconceived ideas that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.

I was expecting more of a comedic book.  Possibly a funny story about a murder (I know, that sounds weird... a funny murder?!) or something along those lines.  That is not what this book is.

I was wondering if I was alone in my feelings of this book, so I read some reviews from other readers.  One reviewer said it well when they described it as more of a life after death style book with very little humor.

The way Mae Rose died, the fact that Art and Mae Rose had such a disappointing relationship with each other, and the pettiness and bitterness she had made Death By Roses just simply not that enjoyable to read.  I feel somewhat bad about writing a "not-so-great" review, but this is how I feel about it.  I don't think that I would have even finished it if I hadn't been reading it to complete a certain challenge in a read-a-thon that I was participating in.

It honestly wasn't the worst book that U have ever read, but it wasn't the best book either.  Like I stated before, I did go into this book with the wrong idea of what it was going to be about.  So, with that being said, I may have enjoyed it a little more if I wasn't expecting something else.  And, just because it wasn't my cup of tea, it doesn't mean that someone else might really enjoy it.

*Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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