The Tea-Olive Bird-Watching Society Author:Augusta Trobaugh The women of a small towns bird watching society secretly plan to "eliminate" the husband of one of their members in this new novela modern spin on the classic film Arsenic and Old Lacewritten by the beloved author of Sophie and the Rising Sun. In a story replete with coconut cake, grits, and poisoned ... more »turtle stew, its easy to see why Augusta Trobaugh has been heralded as having "a voice from and for the South, as complex and resonant as the region itself"(Anne Rivers Siddons). With her latest novel, Trobaugh displays that distinctly Southern charm and beckons new readers to her work. Founding members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society in tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia, are Beulah, Sweet, Wildwood, and Zion, each named after a hymn. Pillars of the community, seemingly beyond reproach, two of these ladies are nonetheless conspiring to murder retired Judge L. Hyson Breed, a newcomer to Tea-Olive. It all begins when the judge tricks Sweet into marriage, steals her land for a development project, and sweet- talks his way right onto the town council. By the time Beulah and Zion discover his evil plansand realize that Sweet has endured personal harm, with more to comethe judge is already a permanent fixture in town. Or is he? When Beulah and Zion attempt to do away with the judgewhile always remaining unfailingly politethe novel takes a wild turn. The result is a delightful black comedy from a novelist at the peak of her powers.« less
Thoroughly enjoyable book! This is the story of some sweet old church-going ladies who feel compelled to plot the murder of a friend's abusive husband. Think "Arsenic and Old Lace" meets The Dixie Chicks' "Earl Had to Die".
I'm not sure where I expected the story to go, but I was a bit surprised at the end. I really liked the old lady characters. I'll be looking for more from this author.