13 1/2

13 1/2

Large Print - 2009
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Polly Deschamps is at a lonely crossroads, until she meets and marries Marshall Marchand. As Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009.
ISBN: 9781602856189
1602856184
Characteristics: 398 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Thirteen and one-half.

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GOGETA1946 Oct 21, 2014

Ms.Barr should stick with her Ann Pigeon character. This novel is over long, the plot twist obvious by the middle of the book and Polly (the female protagonist) has to be one of the truly dumbest college professors ever imagined.

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COURIER3
Aug 24, 2014

NOT A GOOD READ, BARR CAN DO BETTER

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mudflapflossy
Jul 14, 2012

I’m weird enough to read a book just to satisfy my curiosity about a title. It’s a prison tattoo, stands for 12 jurors, 1 judge & ½ a chance. If you were also curious I just saved you the ordeal of having to read this. Not a book for the faint hearted, it’s full of overly graphic descriptions of child murderers, I prefer some subtlety. I almost gave it up but couldn’t, too caught up in the story, so I guess credit is due to the author on some level. It has a good premise and the story of a boy imprisoned for the murder of his family is finally (1/2 way into the book) rescued from the morose by the character Polly as a love interest. Liked the New Orleans setting and the tarot card reader was a spicy touch. It was okay but ridiculously predictable.
Favorite quote “perhaps love was like the mumps. If a woman came down with it after forty, it could kill her"

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PLSB
Aug 23, 2010

pretty good but maybe obvious too soon who the real bad guy was!

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sapl1
Jul 14, 2010

I've just discovered this author and will definitely read others.

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lhollenback
Jul 05, 2010

Not my favorite Barr novel. Colorful characters and entertaining, but not one I'd read again. I prefer Ms. Barr's other novels.

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GOGETA1946 Oct 21, 2014

disappointing for a Nevada Barr work. Plot twist figured out before 1/2 through the book. Female protagonist completely unbelievable.

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RuthSakstad
Nov 19, 2009

I did not find this book up to the standard of Nevada Barr's other books. At times it was very hard to follow the plot of the book. I hope this is not an indicator of future books by this author.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 14, 2012

Perhaps love was like the mumps. If a woman came down with it after forty, it could kill her

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