Book Reviews of After All These Years

After All These Years
After All These Years
Author: Susan Isaacs
ISBN-13: 9780060167684
ISBN-10: 0060167688
Publication Date: 7/1993
Pages: 343
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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9 stars out of 10. Very good book.
Once again Isaacs proves a dab hand at rattling skeletons in the closets of Suburbia--here,

murder and adultery are skewered with this author's typically savvy wit. In Long Island's

tony Shore Haven, Rosie Meyers makes an unsettling discovery in her kitchen just after her

25th wedding anniversary bash: the body of her husband, peremptorily dispatched with a

butcher's knife. The 40-something "suburban schoolteacher with a bit of a Brooklyn accent"

fears--accurately, as matters turn out--that she will become the odds-on favorite for prime

suspect, and goes on the lam to prove her innocence. With a heroine who gives new meaning to

the word "feisty" (and a host of other smartly drawn characters), Isaacs shows herself in

top form. Her barbs and witticisms garner laughs largely through a kind of recognition

factor: she makes observations many of us might have thought, but lacked the verbal

virtuosity to express. As if to reinforce the familiarity of her consistently on-target

humor, she drops dead-on references to pop-culture icons--Dirty Harry movies, L. L. Bean

apparel, etc. She has a field day lampooning upper-class mores (in Rosie's land of the

privileged, a housekeeper might commit "some upper-class atrocity, like folding the napkins

for morning coffee into rectangles instead of putting them in rings"), but also weaves into

this thoroughly diverting caper unexpected moments of genuine tenderness and sly social

commentary. A sure candidate for the bestseller lists.
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Good murder mystery - with a little wit, a little sarcasm and many twists and turns thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed it.
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After a few pages of not being sure I wanted to read this book, I was hooked. Great suspenseful story, especially if you like your revenge "served cold."
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A funny page-turner about nouveau riche Long Island wife whose husband leaves her the day after their 25th wedding anniversary party. As the divorce proceedings are nearing conclusion, her husband is found dead in their kitchen and all of the evidence points to her. A very enjoyable read.
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Murder mystery with a very unusual ending. I was unable to stop reading through until the very end. Susan Isaacs is one very talented writer.
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Enjoyed this immensely. Laughed out loud.
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As usual, Susan Isaacs writes a terrific novel. She really develops her characters and tells a page-turning story that you don't want to put down. You can feel Rosie's confusion, sense of betrayal, anger and untimately, her need for vindication. You can't help cheering her on as she works to prove she didn't kill her rat of an ex-husband.
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Once again Isaacs proves a dab hand at rattling skeletons in the closets of Suburbia--here, murder and adultery are skewered with this author's typically savvy wit. In Long Island's tony Shore Haven, Rosie Meyers makes an unsettling discovery in her kitchen just after her 25th wedding anniversary bash: the body of her husband, peremptorily dispatched with a butcher's knife. The 40-something "suburban schoolteacher with a bit of a Brooklyn accent" fears--accurately, as matters turn out--that she will become the odds-on favorite for prime suspect, and goes on the lam to prove her innocence. With a heroine who gives new meaning to the word "feisty" (and a host of other smartly drawn characters), Isaacs shows herself in top form. Her barbs and witticisms garner laughs largely through a kind of recognition factor: she makes observations many of us might have thought, but lacked the verbal virtuosity to express. As if to reinforce the familiarity of her consistently on-target humor, she drops dead-on references to pop-culture icons--Dirty Harry movies, L. L. Bean apparel, etc. She has a field day lampooning upper-class mores (in Rosie's land of the privileged, a housekeeper might commit "some upper-class atrocity, like folding the napkins for morning coffee into rectangles instead of putting them in rings"), but also weaves into this thoroughly diverting caper unexpected moments of genuine tenderness and sly social commentary.
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An insightful look at love and marriage and homicide--Long Island style. The plot twists, the characters charm and Rosie carries the day. 2 months on New York times Best Seller List.
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Witty writing that is fun, although it can get a little too irksoe when it starts going off on a tangent that has no bearing on the story.

All things considered I enjoyed the book, the writing, and the characters. The plot was simple, and secondary, to the richness the author imbued to the scenery and people living in this book.
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I love Susan Isaacs! This was almost as good as Compromising Positions, the first one I read. Very witty!
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Hilarious story about a husband who tries to divorce his wife and her getting back at him.
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A classic Susan Isaacs book. A little far-fetched at times.
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Hilarious read
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Susan Isaacs does a wonderful job in 'After All These Years'.
Shortly after her anniversary celebration, Rosie Meyers finds herself alone after her husband leaves her for a much younger woman. Spending another evening alone, she decides to binge on junk food. But she soon loses her appetite when she finds her soon-to-be-ex-husband dead in the house. And the prime suspect? Rosie. The book followd Rosie around, as she narrates in a want-to-be-private-eye style, trying to find the REAL killer behind her husbands murder. Can she find a way to clear her name and get her life back together? Or is she doomed to a life behind bars? Read the book to find out!
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Great book.
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Love a good murder mystery, also love a gutsym stong woman who takes charge to prove her own innocense and find the killer.
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One of a kind characters, pure entertainment! Funny murder mystery...
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A fun, witty, who-done-it!
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right after the 25th wedding anniversary...he is leaving for a younger woman....he is found dead...her prints indicate her as the murderer...is this really the case?
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"Pure fun." - Los Angeles Times Book Review
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I thought the book was a great quick read. It was fun trying to guess who did it. Enjoy.
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Rosie Meyers gets dumped by her husband and then he shows up dead on her kitchen floor. Did she? Or didn't she? Would you?
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A very entertaining suspense novel using sharp characterizations with witty first - person narration. A fun who done it read.
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On the day after her 25th wedding anniversary, Rose's husband announces that he is leaving her for a younger more sophisticated woman. The next morning, Rose goes into her kitchen and stumbles over his dead body!
The novel has clever flashbacks and humorus dialogue. If you love "Janet Evanovich" give "Susan Isaacs" a try!
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I was surprised at how much I liked this. It's a murder mystery, but unlike any I've read before. It's funny, sad, wise, and in the end, I still didn't guess the murderer. I liked it.
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A fun mystery to read.
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This isn't my favorite of Susan Isaacs' books, but I really enjoy her style of writing. (My favorite is Shining Through, but the cover looks a bit worn.) Typical of her style: Rosie's husband Richie is "two years from fifty. His jaw wasn't so much chiseled from granite anymore as sculpted from mashed potatoes." Then, two days after their 25th wedding anniversary, she learns he is leaving her for a younger woman. He is found murdered, and she is the prime suspect.
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This was a new author for me and a welcome surprise. Her characters are real, we've all met people like them. Well maybe not just like them unless you happen to know a murderer! Definitely a good read.
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I love Isaacs, this is one of my favorites by her
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The day after Rosie Mer's 25th wedding anniversary bash, she gets a big surprise. Her husband is leaving her for another. When he's found murdered on the floor in their kitchen nobody is surprised to find Rosie's fingerprints all over the murder weapon.
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The day after her lavish wedding anniversary bash, Rosie Meyers gets a big surprise: her nouveau riche husband, Richie, is leaving her for a sultry, sophisticated, size-six MBA. So, when he's found murdered in their exquisitely appointed kitchen, no one is surprised to find Rosie's prints all over the weapon.

The suburban English teacher is the prime suspect the police's only suspect. And she knows she'll spend the rest of her life in the prison library unless she can unmask the real killer. Going into Manhattan on the lam, Rosie learns more about Richie than she ever wanted to know. And more about herself than she ever dreamed possible.
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An older book that was on my book case. From 1993 & a very good story. Glad I hadn't tossed it out. Real good!