The Best Revenge (Camilla Randall Mysteries – the Prequel)

By Anne R. Allen


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THE CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: Snarky, delicious fun. Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla Randall is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but she always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.


This first episode of the Camilla Randall mysteries romps through the glitzy 1980s, when 19-year-old Camilla loses everything: her fortune, her gay best friend, and eventually her freedom. When she’s falsely accused of a TV star’s murder, she discovers she’s made of sterner stuff than anyone imagined–herself included.


In typical Anne R. Allen fashion, the plot twists and turns from one breathless misadventure to another, leading to a finish sure to catch the reader by surprise.


Anne Allen Strikes Again!

Anne Allen has done it again, another witty, engaging look at the foibles of our times. Well, my times, I was there for the 80s. Like Food of Love, Best Revenge is part bildungs roman, part picaresque "Perils of Pauline" (Calamities of Camilla?) that while laugh-out-loud funny, carries a message about how we view ourselves and how others' views of us may conflict, yet make us grow. Just as when I read Food of Love, I was up till the wee hours reading the last third of the book at breakneck (or break-page-turning thumb) speed. But this time, when I finished, I immediately started over and reread the first third! See if you can read it just once!

Richard Alan Corson from Amazon

A Great Comic Romp!

I loved this book. Anne R. Allen is a genius at fast and witty dialogue. The characters are great fun and the plot just zooms along. Each chapter is a gem in itself. I can't wait to read more in this series. If you haven't read Anne R. Allen's books, it's time to get started. What are you waiting for? Highly recommend to anyone wanting a breezy, funny read.

Paul A. Fahey from Amazon

An Historical Novel of the Nineteen Eighties

This a great read; funny, fast paced. Eighties disco glitter spangles every page. Outrageous details of designer clothes, unlikely coincidences, romantic confusion abound. Allen's book is original and crisp. Gay Culture is accurately depicted. "Best Revenge" is full of unexpected humor as "predictable" characters act against type. Life can be funnier!

Kathleen Keena from Amazon

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