They say that walls have ears, and some even say that walls can talk.
So when Curmudgeon Avenue takes a disliking to its new owners, the four storey Victorian terraced house starts narrating a diary about the intertwined lives of the various new inhabitants and extended family. If Curmudgeon Avenue has to put up with this set of nincompoops from Whitefield, Manchester then so should you.
Sisters Edna and Edith inherit the first house on Curmudgeon Avenue from their parents Mr and Mrs Payne who were killed in a freak accident involving an elephant. The two sisters could not be more different if they tried, and now they have to live together in the house they grew up in several decades ago, bringing the baggage of the past with them for our enjoyment.
It seems that Edith cannot stop bumping into exes of her older sister, Edna. First there is Maurice – you won’t believe what happened with him. Then, whilst Edith is heartbroken and vulnerable, she meets the notable Harold – another ex of Edna’s who she really does not want to see. With Edith’s son Ricky Ricketts and his on/off girlfriend Wantha (yes that really is her name) trying to protect the sisters it is only a matter of time before Curmudgeon Avenue is filled with laughter. But then things change when yet another ex of Edna’s returns, Madame Genevieve Dubois (although things are not as they might seem with this French woman).
This enjoyable novella will introduce you to the wacky and wonderful series of Curmudgeon Avenue – enjoy!
The author constructed a delightful storyline. It was well-written and rarely deviated from its single plot. The scenes maintained a steady pace with the storyline and were delightfully entertaining. Chortling from beginning to end, I remained captive of the book. It was a winner. – Paul Falk
I couldn’t put this book down until I had finished reading it. Such a delightful book and I cannot wait to read number two, especially about Harold and Edith who are really quite brilliant in their own rather delusional way. I was smiling from start to finish and at times the characters left me incredulous at their motives. Roll on book two! – Maggie Melville
One of the more repulsive main characters is a man named Harold Goathead, an invasive plant species in the western U.S. Intentional or not, it works for me. The book is delightfully silly and funny. You will chuckle throughout. I looked forward to reading it every evening, a welcome antidote and escape from the intensity that now defines a “normal day” in America. – Virginia Arthur
Written in a fabulous style, this is immensely entertaining and very funny indeed. Even before I began reading, I was drawn to the title – Curmudgeon Avenue is such a fabulous name for what was once a ‘posh’ street and it lives up to it’s name throughout. If you enjoy a beautifully written tale from an author with an eye for detail and amazingly well-created quirky characters, then this is one for you. I can hardly wait for the next instalment! – GraceJ@Reviewerlady
Not my usual genre, but very enjoyable, and will make me look out for more by this author. – Kindle Customer
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