The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

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The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

A Novel

Molly Marx died. It wasn’t expected. Molly planned on living to be a very old woman so dying when she was 35 was a shock. Though dead, Molly is able to watch her family and friends as they try to figure out how she died. This ability also allows Molly to look over her young daughter who she loves more than anything.
This book may sound to be gloom and doom but it’s anything except that. The author takes you seamlessly through Molly’s life and death giving you glimpses of what was and what is. You share her love of her daughter, friends, parents, sister and her co-worker. You feel her pain when she finds out that her new husband may be cheating on her and you feel how torn she is when she finds love outside her marriage. This book isn’t so much about Molly’s death but the celebration of Molly’s life and love.
I found myself wanting at times to cry with Molly and at other times cheering her on. Molly lived life to its fullest and as her father said her smile lit up a room. This joyful loving lifestyle is reflected as Molly looks back across the years and is remembered by her friends and family. 
I loved the characters. They were so real and seemed to be people that we all know, or know about. Kitty, the mother-in-law, who knows no one is good enough for her only child, the Doctor! The Doctor, Barry, is Molly’s husband and while a good doctor and has his good points, is also spoiled and is positive that he deserves it all with no repercussions. Luke loves Molly but wants only the best for her and for her to be happy. Stephanie wants what Molly has and as Kitty introduced her to Barry she’s sure that she has the go ahead from Kitty. All the characters are like this, colorful, personable and real.
This isn’t what would normally be considered a love story though love shines through every page. You can see the love of a mother for her daughter, a man for a woman, between friends and between sisters. This love isn’t always rational and neat or pretty but it’s there. At times, I forgot Molly was dead as I wanted her to have a happy ending, and maybe she does as she waits her time in Duration.

Book Blurb for The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and, of course, her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As a bonus, Molly quickly realizes that the afterlife comes with a finely tuned bullshit detector.

As Molly looks on, her loved ones try to discern whether her death was an accident, suicide, or murder. She was last seen alive leaving for a bike ride through New York City’s Riverside Park; her body was found lying on the bank of the Hudson River. Did a stranger lure Molly to danger? Did she plan to meet someone she thought she could trust? Could she have ended her own life for mysterious reasons, or did she simply lose control of her bike? As the police question her circle of intimates, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end: her marriage, troubled yet tender; her charmed work life as a magazine decorating editor; and the irresistible colleague to whom she was drawn.More than anything, Molly finds herself watching over Annabel–and realizing how motherhood helped to bring out her very best self. As the investigation into her death proceeds, Molly will relive her most precious moments–and take responsibility for the choices in her life.

Exploring the bonds of fidelity,family, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2009 5.00