Wednesday, January 9, 2019


The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman

About the Book

The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way Cozy Mystery

Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC (June 21, 2018)

Paperback: 506 pages

ISBN-10: 9781941948064

ISBN-13: 978-1941948064

Digital ASIN: B07CV2GP9Z

Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.

Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.

About the Author

Frances Metzman, a graduate of Moore College of Art and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a novel, Ugly Cookies, by Pella Press. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart: Stories, was published by Wilderness House Press, February 1, 2012. In 2009 she won a nomination for a Dzanc Books award, “Best of the Web.” In addition to publishing numerous (25) short stories in various literary journals, she has a novel published by Wild River Books, 2018, The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Her teaching credits include Adjunct professor at Rosemont College to graduate school, Temple University at OLLI (creative writing and memoir). Other writing workshops, memoir/creative writing, have been given at universities and colleges such as Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Widener, etc. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many articles, essays, and stories she writes deal with aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Many articles are dedicated to improving attitudes toward the mature folks and address myths about “age appropriate” thinking.

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The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican WayThe Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This heartwarming cozy mystery is surprising uplifting; it certainly raised my spirits. The trio of seniors starring in this novel are so unafraid to expose their vulnerabilities to each other, so honest, yet so persevering. They have to deal with bullying and intimidation and slander, just as much as do schoolkids or adults in their 20's or 30's. Apparently the drive to bully and intimidate doesn't recede with advancing age. Marcy, Celia, and Deb are far from perfect, of course, but they are each vibrantly human, and are each aspects of contemporary female life. Deb, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was dumped by her controlling husband; Celia, who has suffered from depression, was shunted aside from her daughter Allison by her controlling late husband, who left her scarcely provided for; and Marcy, who once left her family for a guru, finds love in all the wrong places, even at age sixty-five. What draws them together are not only similar pasts, but emotional authenticity, and a shared love for cha-cha. These ladies are truly inspiring. See if this novel doesn't lift your spirits, while you puzzle out the mystery of too many demises in one small retirement community, along with these three women who are thrust into sleuthing in order to clear their reputations.


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1 comment:

  1. Mallory, Thanks so much for your terrific review of my novel. Speaking of heartwarming, that's what I feel right now. You are on target for what I hoped to achieve about the characters. Thanks again. Fran