Gladie Burger (I know, right?) has moved to Cannes, California to go into business with her grandmother, Zelda, a professional matchmaker and semi-psychic. Gladie doesn’t particularly want to be a matchmaker, but Zelda insists Gladie has the “gift.” The real reason Gladie moved back is that her grandmother isn’t getting any younger, and if having Gladie in the business makes Zelda happy, that’s what Gladie will do.
I had no idea what to expect with this novel. The cover is very chicklit, while the title is humorous and a bit on the cozy-mystery side. As it turns out the story is both. Elsie Sax, in this debut novel, has combined genres to create a very readable romantic murder mystery with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. The plot, while not totally believable, is easy to sink into and is, at least, plausible. The secondary characters (the hotties, the best friends, Zelda, etc.) are two-dimensional and add a lot to the story. The humor is fun, light, and very witty, and I really hope more Gladie books are in the works, because she’s a very likeable anti-heroine.
Sax, Elsie. An Affair to Dismember. New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.