In Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel (Melody Carlson), Daphne Ballinger is disillusioned with her life in New York City when she gets the news that her beloved Aunt Dee has passed away. She returns home for the funeral and learns that she has inherited the entire estate--if she can meet her aunt's very specific requirements. As the story unfolds we see the relationships: friendships renewed, acquaintances made, family relationships strained and mended.
I liked Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel. I thought the premise was original, most of the characters were believable, and the story was enjoyable to read. I did find that Daphne's judgments of casual acquaintances were unrealistically harsh (maybe self-protective), even though she was quite smart in other cases. Finally, I was disappointed that the book ended before the story did, and I don't know if Daphne was able to comply with the requirements of Aunt Dee's will.
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