The Gympie Times - - WEEKEND - MARY VER­NON VER­DICT: Start at the be­gin­ning

Fleur Lind works in aged care and this is her third book about an aged care home like no other – Car­ris­brook. It is not clear whether this ec­cen­tric and un­ex­pected com­mu­nity is the ac­tual place where Lind works, or just where she would like to work. It is slightly con­fus­ing for those, like this re­viewer, who have not read the first two books in the tril­ogy as events which oc­curred in those are in­te­gral to the ac­tion but are never ex­plained. The most mys­te­ri­ous of these is the PTM which, by the end of the book, ap­pears to be some kind of time travel ma­chine but how it works is never ex­plained. There are nu­mer­ous oblique ref­er­ences to toma­toes and g-strings and em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dents con­cerned with them and to other life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences which also never come to light. The res­i­dents are an ad­ven­tur­ous lot and their es­capades make for good read­ing. While it is fun (de­spite the myr­iad spell­ing mis­takes) it would be much more fun if you had read the first two and knew what was go­ing on.

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