Although I did enjoy Dahlke's book and the many interesting characters, I didn't find it as easy to get through as many from this genre. The book started at one point, jumped back and then worked forward. This troubled me for some reason. I also found some editing issues that hampered the flow for me.
The characters, while a bit absurd at times, did keep the story going. There is a bouncy cousin and a wealthy great aunt. Lalla's father's relationships with the women in his life didn't improve much after a triple bypass and retirement...and then there is the goat.
While far from an epic novel, A Dead Red Oleander is certainly a good way to spend a few hours.
Publisher - Dead Bear Publishing
Date of Publication - June 10, 2010