THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
Champagne For Buzzards
REVIEWED BY DON GRAVES
Uncle Ziggy, Tully and Clay are back with bartender - turned-
Sweetheart Sherri Travis for another dead-bodies-and-Florida
sunshine mystery, Champagne For Buzzards ... the best tale by Phyllis Smallman yet.
Sherri sparkles with all the rhinestone glitter and trailer-trash heart of gold a reader could hope for.
The conversational dialogue around the kitchen table, and the blunt, animal-like confrontational climax, reveals Smallman has hit her stride.
Champagne For Buzzards is the fourth in a series that gives the reader a casual style and storytelling with staying power.
The pacing is that of a southern drawl, with a core of beer, bars and bad behaviour.
There's a dark side to this tale, one of sexual stalking and slave labour but it's Smallman's "down-home" story telling that paints the scene
and welcomes you into the action.
This novel is just the ticket for a summer escape of lounging with a beer, a barbecue and a mystery.
Freelance reviewer Don Graves
lives in Burlington, Ontario.
CHAMPAGNE FOR BUZZARDS
by Phyllis Smallman
(McArthur & Company, $24.95)