The Curious Case of Mary Ann
"Thorson has a brilliant idea in mixing the world of 'Alice' with a murder mystery. The result is a demented but internally consistent detective story… Although tackling a pastiche of a well-loved children’s book is a daunting task, Thorson succeeds beautifully. She deftly captures Carroll’s absurdity, wordplay, and unsettling strangeness and rings some changes of her own." —Kirkus Reviews_________Things that start with the letter M: murder… motives… Mary Ann…Mary Ann Carpenter, housemaid to Wonderland’s White Rabbit, misses all the action when Alice drops into town. She has her own problems. As witness to the murder of her estranged father, Mary Ann must go under-underground to learn more about the man she barely knew and the motives for his death. But the more she discovers, the more M-words keep coming. Like magic mirrors, monsters, mistaken identity and a murderer who is the mysterious manservant to the Queen of Hearts.Mary Ann is mightily moved to unmask his malicious machinations, but can she unearth the evidence, expose the killer and keep a cool head?

The Curious Case of Mary Ann Details

TitleThe Curious Case of Mary Ann
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2017
PublisherWaterhouse Press
ISBN-139780983804581
Rating
GenreFantasy, Mystery

The Curious Case of Mary Ann Review

  • Linda Orlomoski
    January 1, 1970
    First off, let me preface this review by saying that I'm not really what one would call a fan of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland books; if I'm being honest, they scared more than entertained me as a child and even though I dearly love a good tea party, I've tended to shy away from the subsequent movies, etc. (sorry Johnny Depp, you were just too real of a Mad Hatter!) That confession out of the way, I was rather surprised to find that I absolutely loved Jenn Thorson's new book THE CURIOUS CASE OF MAR First off, let me preface this review by saying that I'm not really what one would call a fan of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland books; if I'm being honest, they scared more than entertained me as a child and even though I dearly love a good tea party, I've tended to shy away from the subsequent movies, etc. (sorry Johnny Depp, you were just too real of a Mad Hatter!) That confession out of the way, I was rather surprised to find that I absolutely loved Jenn Thorson's new book THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN - it was simply frabjous and nothing short of brilliant - a real rollicking ride of a read.Based on characters from ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (there's mention of Alice wreaking havoc a time or two but as this isn't her story, she nicely stays out of it beyond the mentions) the book presents a new set of characters that are every bit as Wonderland as Carroll's but not in the creepy sort of way that used to unnerve me as a child. The title character Mary Ann is more than merely marvelous as she backs her way through Turvy flustering the mouldings and unraveling the mystery at the heart of the book - the malicious murder of Mary Ann's father. In between gathering clues and doing double-duty on her housemaid chores, Mary Ann helps Sir Rufus slay the Jabberwock (who actually has a name - who knew??) and later reunites the testy templar with his lost sense of humor. Callooh! Callay!Not your typical whodunit by any stretch of the imagination, this marvelous mystery is filled with tongue-in-cheek humor at every turn of a phrase by an author who is a wizard of a wordsmith wielding a wit sharper than a Vorpal sword. I found myself alternately giggling, groaning, and laughing right out loud (truly laughing out loud and not that inane LOL business) at the positively perfect puns and passages like "The oysters won't be so shellfish as to whelk on the deal. They'll clam up. So all the mussel's behind me." I love a good play on words and this book is chock-a-block full of them from beginning to end making it a truly delightful read that I rather hated to see end, a sign that I always consider the hallmark of a good book.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Read this! A most satisfying adventure! Gripping! Thrilling! Mysterious murder mystery! It's enough to drive you sane! Alice wasn't the only one to deal with the Queen of Hearts in this fantastically lighthearted tale.
  • Uli Vogel
    January 1, 1970
    Now The Walrus and The Carpenter makes perfect sense to me. This extremely amusing volume reminds me of the Thursday Next series.
  • Randy Mulchin
    January 1, 1970
    A Wonderous book!A truly enjoyable read,with many fine characters,and some of the best puns or word play ever written. I had several bouts of belly laughs while reading. Jenn Thorson has taken a known story and turned it into an absolutely spellbinding tale. Remarkably enjoyable and easy to get into. Three cheers,Jenn ! You hit this one out of the park. ❤❤❤ A Wonderous book!A truly enjoyable read,with many fine characters,and some of the best puns or word play ever written. I had several bouts of belly laughs while reading. Jenn Thorson has taken a known story and turned it into an absolutely spellbinding tale. Remarkably enjoyable and easy to get into. Three cheers,Jenn ! You hit this one out of the park. ❤️❤️❤️
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  • Timothy Coplin
    January 1, 1970
    I am by no means a fan of the Carroll Looking Glass series of books which obviously serves as the inspiration for this book, and I'm absolutely positive I missed a whole lot of reference to that series, but I'll tell you what; THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN is a page turning romp filled with whit.Set in Carroll's land of make believe, an honest to goodness mystery begins in chapter one and is brilliantly exposed throughout the course of the story. You may not see those brilliantly expo I am by no means a fan of the Carroll Looking Glass series of books which obviously serves as the inspiration for this book, and I'm absolutely positive I missed a whole lot of reference to that series, but I'll tell you what; THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN is a page turning romp filled with whit.Set in Carroll's land of make believe, an honest to goodness mystery begins in chapter one and is brilliantly exposed throughout the course of the story. You may not see those brilliantly exposed clues along the way, but all becomes glaringly obvious in the end. 'How did I miss that' just may the the title of your review.Once in a lifetime, maybe not that often, a true gem visits this earth and blesses us with their magical wordsmithery. Jenn Thorson is this generation's gift to superb writing and truly entertaining imagination. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be involved in the making of literary history.I received an advance copy of this several months ago, and my initial 5-star rating is based on that read. If the author has chosen to degrade that initial offering, as it hit the print stage of production, I'll honestly alter this rating upon an official final product reading. But come on, how likely is that. Enjoy!!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Just finished re-reading Jenn Thorson's epic tale of THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN...a witty little ditty inspired by Wonderland featuring the ever present, but opportunistically unseen Mary Ann. Learn to find yourself by losing yourself - or is it the other-way-round. Either way, it's a fun and engaging mystery with some nice lessons, and a lot of puntastic energy. This was the finished published version which I am happy to say retains my initial full 5-star rating.
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  • Ember Shane
    January 1, 1970
    I really appreciated how this story tied in so well with the world of Wonderland, running parallel at times with Alice's adventures, but had it's own solid plot and key characters. Thorson is able to take a murder mystery plot and adapt it to the absurdity of Wonderland. There was the softest hints of romance that I would love to see pan out in the next novel between the two main characters. I was engaged the entire time and look forward to seeing what happens next. I would recommend this book f I really appreciated how this story tied in so well with the world of Wonderland, running parallel at times with Alice's adventures, but had it's own solid plot and key characters. Thorson is able to take a murder mystery plot and adapt it to the absurdity of Wonderland. There was the softest hints of romance that I would love to see pan out in the next novel between the two main characters. I was engaged the entire time and look forward to seeing what happens next. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Lewis Carroll's work or someone who likes a touch of fanciful whimsy to their stories. This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastically curious I love the puns and twists. This book is whimsical; wonderland seaps through every page. It's a book I can't put down, and laughed out loud.
  • Lisa Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    I recently decided to read all the popular children’s books that I have forgotten since childhood. Alice in Wonderland, being the most recent, meant I was primed for The Curious Case of Mary Ann.The book picks up the story of housemaid Mary Ann, who features briefly in Alice’s Adventures, and here begins a tail (sorry tale) of murder-mystery, that Lewis Carroll himself would be proud of.Featuring the familiar characters of the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and Queen “off wit I recently decided to read all the popular children’s books that I have forgotten since childhood. Alice in Wonderland, being the most recent, meant I was primed for The Curious Case of Mary Ann.The book picks up the story of housemaid Mary Ann, who features briefly in Alice’s Adventures, and here begins a tail (sorry tale) of murder-mystery, that Lewis Carroll himself would be proud of.Featuring the familiar characters of the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and Queen “off with their head” Valentina, Mary Ann goes in search for the murderer of her absent father, whilst trying to remain invisible.The narrative remains close to Carroll’s style, whilst the murder brings a gentle children’s story into the realm of intrigue, whilst remaining faithful to the bonkers, illogical World of Adventures.
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  • Dane Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Thousands of people ready Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" every year. They all read a paragraph in the book where the White Rabbit tells Alice to go to his house and fetch his gloves and fan for him. Some of them probably even notice that the Rabbit calls her Mary Ann. Nearly every last one of them forgets MAry Ann ten minutes later. She isn't, after all, even in the book.Jenn Thorson, on the other hand, remembers Mary Ann. She picks up that seemingly insignificant Thousands of people ready Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" every year. They all read a paragraph in the book where the White Rabbit tells Alice to go to his house and fetch his gloves and fan for him. Some of them probably even notice that the Rabbit calls her Mary Ann. Nearly every last one of them forgets MAry Ann ten minutes later. She isn't, after all, even in the book.Jenn Thorson, on the other hand, remembers Mary Ann. She picks up that seemingly insignificant thread and weaves it into a whole new rich tapestry.She gets to know Mary Ann. She learns of her family and the hard life she's had. She follows her on her adventure and, fortunately for us, she recounts that adventure.She'll give you all of the clues, but you won't have a clue until Mary Ann lays it all out at the end.I'm completely certain you won't know who done it, and when you do know who done it you'll have no idea why. Everything you need to know to figure it out is right there in vivid Technicolor, and you won't figure it out.But you'll have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs along the way. You owe yourself this read.
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  • Melinda Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    This is an exceptional book! Its appeal stretches far beyond fans of Lewis Carroll and Wonderland but for anyone who enjoys a delightful buffet of humor, fantasy, and exceptional writing. While it *is* a Wonderland book, Ms. Thorson introduces readers to a delightful array of new characters and of Mary Ann herself, whose primary mission is to solve the murder of her father. I shall not say too much more about the plot because I don't want to spoil the surprise. This book was total escapism for m This is an exceptional book! Its appeal stretches far beyond fans of Lewis Carroll and Wonderland but for anyone who enjoys a delightful buffet of humor, fantasy, and exceptional writing. While it *is* a Wonderland book, Ms. Thorson introduces readers to a delightful array of new characters and of Mary Ann herself, whose primary mission is to solve the murder of her father. I shall not say too much more about the plot because I don't want to spoil the surprise. This book was total escapism for me. I love books that transport me to a fantasy life, particularly because I AM a Wonderland fan and have been my entire life. There isn't a boring moment in this book and the author packed a ton of fun into this tightly woven novel.This is a hard book to categorize because humorous mysteries aren't that common, particularly those that are laugh out loud funny. The author's wit, her puns, her comic timing all make this book a true enjoyment and a tribute to Lewis Carroll. I'm sure he would be thrilled to know his work inspired an author in 2017 to take up where he left off--but in a totally different way. Highly recommend!
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    A Very Clever BookIf you enjoy clever wordplay and puns, you will love this book. The mystery in the plot is interesting and I liked the characters as well. Mary Ann is a smart and independent young woman who learns new things about herself along the way. I was fascinated by the constant wordplay which is humorous and very clever. It often made me laugh with surprise. It does help if you are familiar with the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. You will find references A Very Clever BookIf you enjoy clever wordplay and puns, you will love this book. The mystery in the plot is interesting and I liked the characters as well. Mary Ann is a smart and independent young woman who learns new things about herself along the way. I was fascinated by the constant wordplay which is humorous and very clever. It often made me laugh with surprise. It does help if you are familiar with the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. You will find references to many of the characters and situations from the original books in this one. It was fun to see these ideas used again in new ways. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and will be checking out other books by this author.
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  • Claire Pitt
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written tale, full of wonderland references that will delight fans of the original adventures that took off down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, but if you are not a fan of the original tales, this will not affect your enjoyment of the story. Wrapped up in bonkers imagery and very funny characters, are some poignant moments that really made me ponder. I wasn't sure how much I would like this tale, but I finished it loving two particular characters and found m This is a beautifully written tale, full of wonderland references that will delight fans of the original adventures that took off down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, but if you are not a fan of the original tales, this will not affect your enjoyment of the story. Wrapped up in bonkers imagery and very funny characters, are some poignant moments that really made me ponder. I wasn't sure how much I would like this tale, but I finished it loving two particular characters and found myself wanting to know what happens next.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    what a great murder mystery set in wonderland. I liked all the events of this were happening at the same time Alice was in wonderland. This is only mentioned a few times but it adds to the story.I loved Mary Ann and how she was given a life of her own. I just wished there was more of the Cheshire cat in the tale. I do hope there will be a book 2
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  • bob
    January 1, 1970
    A clear labor of love.This book was clearly written by someone who loves Wonderland. If more Wonderland adventures are what you're looking for, this is your jam. I felt the mystery angle took a while to come together, but the book was fun enough I didn't mind. I will say that your enjoyment of this book hinges on your enjoyment of Wonderland.
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  • Michelle VanDaley
    January 1, 1970
    My review is based on the Audiobook. This was a great listen! I enjoyed the storyline and the characters very much. The pacing and world building were on point. The narrator did a wonderful job at bringing the story to life. I look forward to more from this Author and narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review
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  • Lisianna
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Alice in Wonderland, then you'll love this book. If, like me, you didn't necessarily love Alice in Wonderland, you'll still like this book if you enjoy a bit of nonsense and a good mystery. :)
  • Sush Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't 100% sure I'd like this book, as it was very different to Jenn Thorson's previous (and very funny) trilogy. Well, I really enjoyed it! She has an excellent sense of humour and this just works! I would totally recommend this book.
  • Cheri Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely a joy to read. Miss Thorson captures the feel of Wonderland beautifully. The mystery aspect of this novel made this a fantastic voyage back through a favorite location.
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Funny A hilariously funny series of almost gotcha events. You never know what's happening next. I would recommend this book to everyone
  • Mv
    January 1, 1970
    The book does not have an excess of 'M' words. It does have a plethora of Lewis Carroll-ish predicaments, interactions and 'logic'. I found myself smiling a lot and several times laughing out loud. This is a wonderfully written parallel to Alice in Wonderland. The story essentially begins when Mary Ann leaves the White Rabbit's employ to search for her father's murderer. This is the same day Alice finds herself in Wonderland and becomes mistaken as the White Rabbit's housemaid. As Mary Ann weave The book does not have an excess of 'M' words. It does have a plethora of Lewis Carroll-ish predicaments, interactions and 'logic'. I found myself smiling a lot and several times laughing out loud. This is a wonderfully written parallel to Alice in Wonderland. The story essentially begins when Mary Ann leaves the White Rabbit's employ to search for her father's murderer. This is the same day Alice finds herself in Wonderland and becomes mistaken as the White Rabbit's housemaid. As Mary Ann weaves her way through the clues to the mystery, she becomes mistakenly blamed for the troubles Alice is involved in. We get a new perspective on some original Wonderland characters and meet a few new ones. If this authors other books are as brilliant as this one, I can't wait to read/listen to some more!The narrator (Emily Lawrence) did great. She voiced each character distinctly and brought the silliness of the story to life. I'd love to listen to another book narrated by her. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.Story 5/5Narration 5/5
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  • Emmy
    January 1, 1970
    Bravo! •audiobook•I LOVED this book! I was never a super-fan of Alice, but it was a classic and I read it once in the seventh grade. Then I enjoyed the Johnny Depp retelling. I listened to an edition and Audible... It grew on me. So when I was offered an opportunity to listen to this, I chanced it. And YAY it was one of my better judgement calls. It’s not about Alice, but Wonderland. I’ve been leery about books set in other authors’ worlds, but this really worked! The characters were Bravo! •audiobook•I LOVED this book! I was never a super-fan of Alice, but it was a classic and I read it once in the seventh grade. Then I enjoyed the Johnny Depp retelling. I listened to an edition and Audible... It grew on me. So when I was offered an opportunity to listen to this, I chanced it. And YAY it was one of my better judgement calls. It’s not about Alice, but Wonderland. I’ve been leery about books set in other authors’ worlds, but this really worked! The characters were curious, who wondered how they could find their humour when it’s been lost and what happens to forgotten names. Strongly recommended for readers/listeners who enjoy a nonsensical tongue-in-cheek, literal conversation/discussions once in a while! Narrator was enjoyable to deliver this book.
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  • Olivia Ramsell
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It has become one of my favorites
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