The Curious Case of Mary Ann

  • Title: The Curious Case of Mary Ann
  • Author: Jenn Thorson
  • ISBN: 9780983804581
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Curious Case of Mary Ann Thorson has a brilliant idea in mixing the world of Alice with a murder mystery The result is a demented but internally consistent detective story Although tackling a pastiche of a well loved children
    Thorson has a brilliant idea in mixing the world of Alice with a murder mystery The result is a demented but internally consistent detective story Although tackling a pastiche of a well loved children s book is a daunting task, Thorson succeeds beautifully She deftly captures Carroll s absurdity, wordplay, and unsettling strangeness and rings some changes of her own Thorson has a brilliant idea in mixing the world of Alice with a murder mystery The result is a demented but internally consistent detective story Although tackling a pastiche of a well loved children s book is a daunting task, Thorson succeeds beautifully She deftly captures Carroll s absurdity, wordplay, and unsettling strangeness and rings some changes of her own Kirkus Reviews_________Things that start with the letter M murder motives Mary Ann Mary Ann Carpenter, housemaid to Wonderland s White Rabbit, misses all the action when Alice drops into town She has her own problems As witness to the murder of her estranged father, Mary Ann must go under underground to learn about the man she barely knew and the motives for his death But the she discovers, the M words keep coming Like magic mirrors, monsters, mistaken identity and a murderer who is the mysterious manservant to the Queen of Hearts.Mary Ann is mightily moved to unmask his malicious machinations, but can she unearth the evidence, expose the killer and keep a cool head

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    About Jenn Thorson


    1. Jenn Thorson always knew she wanted to be a writer it was the C in Penmanship that initially held her back By the age of 11, she d written her first mystery novel, Key to the Blue Moon, which her secretary er, Mom was good enough to type up for her It was a raging hit among the two people she knew Spurred by her dramatic success, she went on to write other works, an experience that found her cluing into the Mystery genre, flirting with the Melodramatic Teen style, and becoming better versed in the Embarrassing Poetry of Which We Shall Never Speak Again school of writing Yet, oddly, no one stopped her from attending Carnegie Mellon University for Creative and Professional Writing And it was here she discovered that humor was in her heart This was a surprise, since the funny bone usually gets so much press Soon Jenn graduated from Carnegie Mellon and, with an inconvenient bent toward eating regularly, she took a job as a technical writer for a software development company In the years that followed, she would move from the joys of explaining where the File menu was, to managing the marketing of the company s product line Marketing, she realized, involved a gleeful combination of Making Stuff Up and Actually Getting Paid for It so she became a full time marketing writer and project manager in a local advertising firm She also continued to hone her fiction, and her first published story, The Last Great Play of Rosie Cosnowski made its way into the Timber Creek Review Since those days, Jenn Thorson s stories have been published in the Humor Press, the magazine for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Romantic Homes magazine Her books include the humorous sci fi trilogy There Goes the Galaxy There Goes the Galaxy, The Purloined Number and Tryfling Matters and the Wonderland murder mystery, The Curious Case of Mary Ann Jenn Thorson lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America._________________________________________________Want to hear from Jenn Thorson Follow her on Twitter at twitter Jenn_ThorsonOr Like her author page on Facebook at Facebook JennThorsonAuthorShe promises she won t spend the whole time referring to herself in third person, or Tweeting about her lunch.


    139 Comments


    1. Read this! A most satisfying adventure! Gripping! Thrilling! Mysterious murder mystery! It's enough to drive you sane! Alice wasn't the only one to deal with the Queen of Hearts in this fantastically lighthearted tale.

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    2. First off, let me preface this review by saying that I'm not really what one would call a fan of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland books; if I'm being honest, they scared more than entertained me as a child and even though I dearly love a good tea party, I've tended to shy away from the subsequent movies, etc. (sorry Johnny Depp, you were just too real of a Mad Hatter!) That confession out of the way, I was rather surprised to find that I absolutely loved Jenn Thorson's new book THE CURIOUS CASE OF MAR [...]

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    3. A Wonderous book!A truly enjoyable read,with many fine characters,and some of the best puns or word play ever written. I had several bouts of belly laughs while reading. Jenn Thorson has taken a known story and turned it into an absolutely spellbinding tale. Remarkably enjoyable and easy to get into. Three cheers,Jenn ! You hit this one out of the park. ❤️❤️❤️

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    4. I am by no means a fan of the Carroll Looking Glass series of books which obviously serves as the inspiration for this book, and I'm absolutely positive I missed a whole lot of reference to that series, but I'll tell you what; THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN is a page turning romp filled with whit.Set in Carroll's land of make believe, an honest to goodness mystery begins in chapter one and is brilliantly exposed throughout the course of the story. You may not see those brilliantly exposed clues al [...]

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    5. I really appreciated how this story tied in so well with the world of Wonderland, running parallel at times with Alice's adventures, but had it's own solid plot and key characters. Thorson is able to take a murder mystery plot and adapt it to the absurdity of Wonderland. There was the softest hints of romance that I would love to see pan out in the next novel between the two main characters. I was engaged the entire time and look forward to seeing what happens next. I would recommend this book f [...]

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    6. I chose this book as a follower of Thorson, rather than Carroll and I wanted to read this for her writing as opposed to the subject.I was not disappointed, the same style shines through, reflected in the puns and slightly off-beat humour, as was present in the There Goes the Galaxy trilogy.Apart from the most popular elements and characters of Carroll's tales I knew little of Alice's adventures and it came as a relief to find that I didn't need to. Because this is not a book about Alice it just [...]

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    7. Thousands of people ready Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" every year. They all read a paragraph in the book where the White Rabbit tells Alice to go to his house and fetch his gloves and fan for him. Some of them probably even notice that the Rabbit calls her Mary Ann. Nearly every last one of them forgets MAry Ann ten minutes later. She isn't, after all, even in the book.Jenn Thorson, on the other hand, remembers Mary Ann. She picks up that seemingly insignificant thread and w [...]

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    8. This is an exceptional book! Its appeal stretches far beyond fans of Lewis Carroll and Wonderland but for anyone who enjoys a delightful buffet of humor, fantasy, and exceptional writing. While it *is* a Wonderland book, Ms. Thorson introduces readers to a delightful array of new characters and of Mary Ann herself, whose primary mission is to solve the murder of her father. I shall not say too much more about the plot because I don't want to spoil the surprise. This book was total escapism for m [...]

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    9. The book does not have an excess of 'M' words. It does have a plethora of Lewis Carroll-ish predicaments, interactions and 'logic'. I found myself smiling a lot and several times laughing out loud. This is a wonderfully written parallel to Alice in Wonderland. The story essentially begins when Mary Ann leaves the White Rabbit's employ to search for her father's murderer. This is the same day Alice finds herself in Wonderland and becomes mistaken as the White Rabbit's housemaid. As Mary Ann weave [...]

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    10. A Very Clever BookIf you enjoy clever wordplay and puns, you will love this book. The mystery in the plot is interesting and I liked the characters as well. Mary Ann is a smart and independent young woman who learns new things about herself along the way. I was fascinated by the constant wordplay which is humorous and very clever. It often made me laugh with surprise. It does help if you are familiar with the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. You will find references to ma [...]

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    11. This is a beautifully written tale, full of wonderland references that will delight fans of the original adventures that took off down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, but if you are not a fan of the original tales, this will not affect your enjoyment of the story. Wrapped up in bonkers imagery and very funny characters, are some poignant moments that really made me ponder. I wasn't sure how much I would like this tale, but I finished it loving two particular characters and found m [...]

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    12. what a great murder mystery set in wonderland. I liked all the events of this were happening at the same time Alice was in wonderland. This is only mentioned a few times but it adds to the story.I loved Mary Ann and how she was given a life of her own. I just wished there was more of the Cheshire cat in the tale. I do hope there will be a book 2

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    13. A clear labor of love.This book was clearly written by someone who loves Wonderland. If more Wonderland adventures are what you're looking for, this is your jam. I felt the mystery angle took a while to come together, but the book was fun enough I didn't mind. I will say that your enjoyment of this book hinges on your enjoyment of Wonderland.

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    14. My review is based on the Audiobook. This was a great listen! I enjoyed the storyline and the characters very much. The pacing and world building were on point. The narrator did a wonderful job at bringing the story to life. I look forward to more from this Author and narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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    15. If you loved Alice in Wonderland, then you'll love this book. If, like me, you didn't necessarily love Alice in Wonderland, you'll still like this book if you enjoy a bit of nonsense and a good mystery. :)

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    16. I wasn't 100% sure I'd like this book, as it was very different to Jenn Thorson's previous (and very funny) trilogy. Well, I really enjoyed it! She has an excellent sense of humour and this just works! I would totally recommend this book.

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    17. Funny A hilariously funny series of almost gotcha events. You never know what's happening next. I would recommend this book to everyone

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