Book Review-Rainy Day Women (An Austin Starr Mystery)-Kay Kendall | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Rainy Day Women (An Austin Starr Mystery)-Kay Kendall

Monday, November 21, 2016


I read the first book in this series, Desolation Row, a couple of years ago. In case you never saw that review here it is. I was 19 in 1969 and vividly remember a lot of what went on back then. Although I was never really into Women's Liberation fully--I was kind of how Austin related to it. I was all for it--but my upbringing kept me away from any of the action. I almost made it to Woodstock-oh well-I'm not really into camping out or crowds and from what I heard that was really MUDDY. My Mom had something to do with me not going as well----

This book will keep you intrigued and guessing. Who was killing the women who belonged to the Women's Lib groups? Will Austin be able to figure it out before her husband gets really angry and insists she goes home? I loved all the characters in the book and think you will too!!

If you were around in 1969 and cognizant of what was happening--this may take you down memory lane as well. It was a time of transition, that is for sure!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Kay Kendall's Rainy Day Women is the second book in the Austin Starr Mystery series. In 1969, during the week of the Manson murders and Woodstock, the intrepid amateur sleuth, infant in tow, flies across the continent to support a friend suspected of murdering women's liberation activists in Seattle and Vancouver. Then her former CIA trainer warns that an old enemy has contracted a hit on her. Her anxious husband demands that she give up her quest and fly back to him. How much should Austin risk when tracking the killer puts her and her baby's life in danger?

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About the Author: (from Amazon)


Kay Kendall is an international award-winning public relations executive who lives in Texas with her husband, five house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Growing up during the Cold War, she recalls being excited when an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) was installed near her hometown in Kansas. A fan of historical mysteries and the brilliant spy novels of John le Carré, she set her debut mystery during the Vietnam War, a key conflict of last century not already overrun with novels.

The author says her mysteries will feature women caught in their own battles during that unusual war era. "In Desolation Row I explore what life was like for a typical young woman--not a headline maker, not a Hanoi Jane or Angela Davis, but a moderate who nonetheless got swept up by history's tides during the turbulent sixties. All that turmoil lends itself to drama, intrigue, and murder." Kendall's now working on her second Austin Starr mystery, Rainy Day Women.

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21 comments :

Gladys Parker said...

Rainy Day Woman sounds like a thrilling book. Also a nostalgic one for woman of the time. I as born in 63 but it seems I heard a lot about women;s lib, Woodstock and burning of bra's. I remember I "Shot The Sheriff" was a popular song too. Off the subject but might you know if there would be copies of Bregdan Chronicles anywhere or are they trashed now? I'm half through #2 and absolutely enthralled with it.

Anita Anderson said...

That era was before I was born. I love a good book that can take me back to that time and make me feel as if I was truly there.

Christine Tatum said...

I am definitely going to add Rainy Day Women and Desolation Row to my TBR list and pick them up soon. Thanks for the review!

Jamie Tomkins said...

This looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the info.

Lucy Mills said...

Wow, I think this would be quite a dramatic book to read!

jaime said...

I wasn't around in the 60s, but this book really sounds interesting! I love reading books from different eras and will need to check this out.

Scott said...

Even though it was set a little before our time (I was one in 1969), it does sound like one my wife would enjoy. Need to look for the first in the series to get her started!

CourtneyLynne said...

Oooo this sounds like one awesome read!!!!! I'm needing a book to read on my flight Wednesday so this might just be it!

Hey Sharonoox said...

This certainly sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review!

Marielle Altenor said...

The story sounds very intriguing. I wonder what happens at the end.

Katie Epstein said...

I was not around quite yet in those years, but this looks like a genre I love

Jessica Harlow said...

I missed out on this important decade, but think it's definitely an interesting time period! Sounds like this would be a great read! Thanks for sharing!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love the women's rights themes and undercurrents in these books. They are especially poignant during these turbulent times we live in now.

Samantha said...

I like the theme

James Robert said...

I have to share this one with my sister. I think she would really enjoy this.

Terry Poage said...

Sounds like a good read.

Danielle S said...

What a very interesting book. I love a good mystery.

Sherry Fram said...

Sounds interesting! Will have to check it out!

Maryrose Attard said...

This looks like a highly interesting book. Thanks for the review!

clojo9372 said...

Thank you for your open and honest review. This book sounds awesome. My mother was a teen in the 60's and it was one of her favorite periods of her life. She would probably love to read this.

Jodi Hunter said...

This sounds like a great book.

 
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