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Aunt Bessie decides that she and her closest friends should have an enjoyable night out. Elizabeth Cubbon (known to almost everyone as Aunt Bessie) has made many friends over the lifetime that she’s lived in the village of Laxey, but few have been as close as the ones she’s made recently. Bessie relied on Doona Moore, Hugh Watterson and John Rockwell to help her through seAunt Bessie decides that she and her closest friends should have an enjoyable night out. Elizabeth Cubbon (known to almost everyone as Aunt Bessie) has made many friends over the lifetime that she’s lived in the village of Laxey, but few have been as close as the ones she’s made recently. Bessie relied on Doona Moore, Hugh Watterson and John Rockwell to help her through several recent murder investigations she’s found herself caught up in. Now she wants to treat them all to an open-air performance of a Shakespearean play on the grounds of historic Peel Castle. Aunt Bessie decides that it doesn’t much matter what show the troupe is performing as long as she and her friends can relax and have fun. Two members have recently left the theatre company. Now the troupe has thrown aside its usual repertoire in favour of a play written by one of their own. When those two former members appear in the audience, though, someone decides to get rid of one of them for good. Aunt Bessie decides to give the show another chance, but a second performance almost ends in a second tragedy. With all of the suspects blaming one another, and several of them turning up on the doorstep of Bessie’s cottage, it’s time for Bessie to decide to solve this murder herself. This is the fourth book in the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series....

Title : Aunt Bessie Decides
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ISBN : 23566901
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Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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Aunt Bessie Decides Reviews

  • Terri
    2019-03-19 02:34

    Bessie and her friends go to see a play which is awful -- a mass up of shakespeare with no cohesion. During the play, a former player of the troupe is murdered in the dark near where she sat. It is very dialogue heavy but were interesting. I really enjoyed it

  • Patsy Davis
    2019-02-23 07:31

    Gets off to a slow startI have read all the previous 'Aunt Bessie' books and the one short story so I was a little disappointed to find this book starting out so slowly. The first one-third of the book was difficult to get through because everyone in the group of actors that the story is centered around was so unlikable. I didn't think I would be able to finish it. Finally the story picked up and I was able to make it to the conclusion and the murderer was revealed. I enjoyed the earlier books very much but this one not so much.

  • Anne
    2019-03-08 00:35

    I was disappointed in this one. They kept talking about how the play was confusing and didn't make sense, and I felt like most of the book was the same way - for the first time in this series I couldn't keep the characters (aside from John, Bessie, Doona, and Hugh) straight.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-03-24 01:34

    Aunt Bessie Decides, the fourth entry in this cozy series set in the wild and beautiful Isle of Man, differs considerably from the previous three. For starters, Will’s Comedy/Tragedy Players, a travelling Shakespearean performance troupe of American actors, invade the island. Usually, the mysteries featuring Aunt Bessie — more formally known as Elizabeth Cubbon, although she’s called Aunt Bessie by virtually everyone on the Isle of Man — deal with other islanders. I thought the fresh blood, as it were, would provide a novel touch.Instead, Aunt Bessie Decides, while entertaining enough, simply didn’t measure up to the other novels in the series. While the American theater company claims to have been a hit in their native United States, their show in the village of Laxey, Much Ado About the Shrew, turns out to be just as appallingly bad as you might imagine. In the audience is Scott Carson, once part of the troupe, but now the newest star of Market Square, Britain’s favourite daily soap and a thinly veiled version of Coronation Street. No surprise when he’s run through with a fancy knife. Much of the middle of the novel examines the dysfunctional relationships of the actors; however, these self-absorbed Yanks simply weren’t very interesting. Aunt Bessie determines the murderer via logic should could have employed one-third of the way through (not that I figured it out, mind you!) However, one lackluster book won’t keep me from snapping up the fifth book in the series, Aunt Bessie Enjoys, when it’s released in April.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-28 07:31

    OKThis was my introduction to Aunt Bessie. The story was interesting enough, but not gripping. Everything was told very laid back. There are British words and phrases used, but if you aren't familiar with them the author provides a glossary for those words at the back of the book. While I don't approve of drinking to drown sorry or getting drunk (both of which are present in this book) and I don't like that it appears another character will end up divorced (and, if so, I'm pretty sure who'll end up together ... I'd much prefer to see a marriage be saved, that happens precious little in books) that book was good enough. I wouldn't go out and buy these books, but I might check them out of the library. Or grab another one if its free.

  • Mystereity Reviews
    2019-03-03 23:50

    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. On one hand, I liked that this incorporated new people and the plot was interesting. On the other hand, it meandered a lot (especially at the beginning) and the end felt anti-climatic. Also, I'm guessing the Shakespeare troupe were all Americans, but they didn't sound like it and it wasn't clear.Still, this is a cute, enjoyable series and I love Aunt Bessie (who reminds me a bit of my grammy) and well worth a read.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-24 01:49

    Wayyy too much grinning. Find synonyms. Too much tangential detail. How come the foursome is always together?Too much time spent on rote interviews of suspects with Bessie always oddly present.Always eating; mostly digestives. Why waste ink on that over and over?

  • V L
    2019-03-22 02:27

    Aunt Bessie is at it again!The Isle of Man, friends, thespians and intrigue makes a good platform for murder. And enjoyable romp through friendships, misdirection and red herrings. A book worth enjoying, as well as the others in this series. Believable characters, twists and turn in the plot along with a great location makes this a “must read”. I recommend all of the books in this series.

  • Kathy Fair
    2019-03-20 02:45

    Excellent readThis is a 5-star read that is well written and very enjoyable to read. The characters are well defined and the four main characters at Aunt Bessie, Inspector John Rutledge, Officer Hugh, and Doona. The four are involved in solving a murder and it is enjoyable to follow their investigations.

  • Voirrey
    2019-02-22 03:44

    I have been to performances of Shakespeare at Peel Castle - and thank goodness none of them were anything like this one! These books are 'comfort reading' for me, and continue to do this job very well.

  • Sonjie Outlaw
    2019-03-22 07:24

    Aunt Bessie and friends solve another mysteryThe Aunt Bessie series is always good reading. The Isle of Man sounds like a great place to live or just to visit.

  • Cathy Newton
    2019-02-26 07:33

    This read like an episode of Murder She Wrote, which I had expected. However it was slow and didn't grab my attention.

  • Charlyn
    2019-03-15 01:35

    Aunt Bessie and her friends attend one of the worst theatrical displays of Shakespeare ever and find themselves sitting next to a television star. The actor, who was formerly a member of the troupe on stage, is murdered during the performance. Aunt Bessie joins the investigation team to find the murderer.

  • Janice Dick
    2019-03-20 23:39

    A quaint little mystery set on the Isle of Man. I loved the unique settings and language of the people, as well as the suspense and the connections between characters. Mostly, I liked the idea of a grandmotherly figure as the unexpected detective.There are apparently quite of few of these Aunt Bessie books: The Isle of Man Cozy Mystery series.

  • Pam
    2019-03-17 02:30

    Aunt Bessie Decides is book four in the Isle of Man Cozy Mysteries by Diana Xarissa. After reading the first three books, the characters are like neighbors . Although they can still be unpredictable as is the plot. Aunt Bessie has purchased tickets to see an Open Air Theater performance of a Shakespearean play. She is expecting a complete Shakespeare play and invites Hugh and his girlfriend Grace, Doona, inspector John Rockwell and his family to join her for a picnic and Shakespeare. When they get to Peel Castle where the performance is to be held, she finds out it is a compilation of Shakespeare plays called Much Ado About the Shrew! She is definitely disappointed and knew she would have asked for a refund had she known this was going to happen. However, she and the others decide to be brave and see what the play ends up being. When they are conducted to the VIP section, they are astonished until they are told the people who had been seated here had changed their minds and since it was so close to the stage, an abundance of empty seats would be a terrible blow to the actors. They decided to stay here and spread out. Shortly a couple joins them in the VIP section. They were Scott Carson, a highly sought after television actor and Candy Sparkles, his manager as well as two guards. The guards were there to keep young ladies from barging in on Scott while he wasn’t looking. Therefore, they have their backs to Scott and the others. Before the play begins, Scott is recognized by the cast and they come to talk to him. Scott, Penny, William, and Adam were the founding members of the troupe while it was in the US. Candy and Sienna joined later. William and Adam were angry at Scott for leaving them in a lurch and being “discovered”. They both thought they had more talent that Scott. Penny was upset; but asked Scott to arrange an audition for her to be on his show. When they go back to get dressed, Sienna comes over and asks Scott and Candy for help in making her a star. Candy said she could easily make her into a star but she had to leave with them back to London that night. Needless to say, with only four people in the major parts and relying on a local troupe to round out the cast, the play began. It was absolutely horrible. Aunt Bessie felt sorry for them as they were to perform for a fortnight here. They would be lucky if one or two people showed up. Between acts, Hugh and Grace took the kids for a snack leaving the others to talk with Scott and Candy. For some reason, Aunt Bessie doesn’t like Scott. He is too smooth. However, he does offer her is chair for the second act and moves it nearer her friends. He takes a place on the ground next to Candy. The play goes on and on and on. After the play was over, they thought Scott was asleep but a knife protruded out of his back. Scott had been killed during the second act. No one saw anything! Due to the Inspector at Peel being in the hospital, John Rockwell takes over the investigation. It is quickly determined that the knife in his back was not a prop but a real knife that belonged to William. He had been given the knife by Penny who had it inscribed. However, he had lost the knife six months ago while they were in the US. Who was the murderer and who else, if anyone, was next? Can John solve the case without Aunt Bessie’s input? It is a delightful read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-03 01:50

    Pretty good. Like Bessie more now than in earlier books

  • Flo Henry
    2019-02-27 01:40

    Murder in plain sight!A novel that challenges the imagination, a puzzle that is so clear yet so obscure.all the facts are before you: love, jealousy, greed, self importance. who killed Scott?

  • Joni
    2019-02-28 07:45

    Aunt Bessie DecidesAnother delightful Aunt Bessie mystery. Aunt Bessie has friends, lots of friends. Of course it helps that she has been around for quite a while and many of her friendships started when those friends were tweens or teens. You see, Aunt Bessie is somewhere between 60 and 100, never married, and sharp as a tack. The unfortunate thing is that she and her core group of friends keep stumbling over bodies.

  • Julie
    2019-02-23 04:48

    Aunt Bessie and her friends have planned a special evening out - a picnic dinner watching an American touring company putting on a Shakespearean drama. But then the acting troupe decides to switch things up and do a "new take" on Shakespeare. It's clear that the actors are underprepared and the script badly written, and half way through the show much of the audience leaves. Bessie and her friends decide to stay on to see if the program improves. It doesn't. However, the drama off-stage quickly becomes interesting when an old member of the group is murdered in the VIP area.This one had me stumped. There were clearly only 5 potential suspects, but I couldn't even make a guess at who had done it. I think there were enough clues to have figured it out, but I totally missed them. That very rarely happens so I was quite impressed. I also found Bessie to much mellower in this book or perhaps I've become used to her quirks, but I found her very likable again. As always the setting seemed perfect and it has definitely put the Isle of Man on my list of places I'd like to visit. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  • Dora
    2019-03-03 23:36

    Aunt Bessie DecidesThis is the fourth book in the series. For whatever reason, it was the first one that I picked up. I don't think that it is strictly necessary to read the books in order. This book holds up pretty well on its own. The book opens with Aunt Bessie treating her friends Doona, Inspector Rockwell and family, Hugh and Grace to a performance of Shakespeare. Bessie is disappointed to find out after arriving that instead of one of the Bard's plays, the troupe is going to perform a modern interpretation called "Much Ado about the Shrew." The play is horrid and Bessie is not amused. However, the murder of a popular TV star who has come to see his friends perform, gives Bessie and her friends something to think about and a murder to solve.Although the characters were likeable and the storyline was interesting, it seemed to bog down. For a book that was only about 222 pages including author notes, it seemed much longer than that.

  • Red
    2019-03-09 01:26

    To me the story was very slow-paced, and even somewhat staid. I was hoping for more of a feeling for the island of Man, but the descriptions were very superficial. Instead of being about a late middle-aged person, it felt like it was one.

  • Mary
    2019-02-26 00:52

    Back with Aunt BessieThis time around Aunt Bessie, Doona, Hugh, and Inspector Rockwell are off to see a play in a real old castle Hugh is bringing his girlfriend Grace, and the Inspector is bringing his children.Everyone is having a great time until one of the people in the audience near Aunt Bessie is found with a knife in his back. Then a few days later an actress falls during a performance.So Aunt Bessie, Hugh, Doona and the Inspector all set out to solve the murder. Well written and oIl am looking forward to getting to the next book in the series.

  • Carlin
    2019-03-06 00:44

    This a fun cozy mystery series. I had read one other but both out of order so there were numerous characters with no explanation. The series' setting is the Isle of Man, an independent country in the Irish Sea, best known for their tailless cats. There were so many possible suspects. But they were all actors in a theater group putting on plays on the castle grounds so also adept at lying. Their statements to the police seemed true. So I didn't figure out the murderer till Aunt Bessie did! I recommend the book but would advise reading the series in order.

  • Belinda
    2019-03-05 03:48

    I'm in the process of working my way through the entire series - which runs aphabetically. The series is as much about the relationship between friends and Aunt Bessie's life as it is about the case. They are forever having Chinese take-away together and discussing the current case. I enjoy the coziness of the series but if you are looking for non-stop excitement, this series may not be for you. Personally, I enjoy returning to familiar places and people and catching up with their lives. No objectionable language or situations. It's a safe read for me and my granddaughters.

  • Sue
    2019-03-02 07:48

    I've read a few of these Aunt Bessie mysteries and this was not as interesting as the others. It basically consists of one quick death & several chapters of repetitive interviews with stereotypical suspects... followed by an accident and several more repetitive interviews. Nothing much happens in the book at all and I was left wondering if the author has been rushed into producing more stories for this series than she is ready for. I hope that in the future there is more action in her mysteries.

  • Jon McClintock
    2019-03-15 23:26

    Not as cozy as the previous onesI have been very content snuggling in for a good visit with Aunt Bessie until I became really bored with the very lengthy "sleep over " section and had to skip a lot of pages that didn't seem to add anything. I'd prefer more information about the Island and less conversation since its a delightful way to add geographical and historical knowledge into a good story!

  • Terri Weitze
    2019-03-25 02:39

    I have to admit this book kept me guessing right to the end. The characters are pleasant and not all that interesting. I liked the first book in this series that I read more engaging. It's a quick and easy read; but it did not capture my imagination at all. No, I could not guess "who did it", but I didn't really care either. Still, I would indeed catagorize this as a cozy mystery and if you are looking for a pleasant, non-thought provoking easy read - here you go.

  • Valerie
    2019-02-24 05:47

    Cozy and full of old friends, Aunt Bessie continues to stumble across bodies. My husband would criticize it as formulaic, but I think that is what we escape fiction readers crave. I am beginning to love the Isle of Man. In this book, the Laxey/Ramsey CID and Aunt Bessie must see through the acting skills of a Shakespearean troop to find the murderer. And relationships and new friendships continue to form, just like in real life.

  • Judy
    2019-03-02 02:43

    Aunt Bessie does it again!I find Cozy Mysteries light, easy, fun reading. And the Aunt Bessie series is definitely one of the best. Bessie lives in a world far different than mine, so in addition to trying to figure out who done it, I enjoy reading about the daily trivia of life on a small island far away. A every enjoyable read.

  • Julie
    2019-03-02 04:28

    Delightful story!I've enjoyed the Aunt Bessie stories. They are quite Jane Marple-esque . This story took some unexpected turns and that was interesting. My only disappointment was the never ending returns to the play productions, that just got old for me. I hope the author includes the two vacationing sisters in future stories, I really liked them !