Queen's Court

Queen's Court

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Louise Bingham, recently widowed in her mid-sixties, decides to "play the tape backwards" and move from Victoria to Montreal, returning to the city of her birth and youth. Newly installed in a downtown co-op, she has to fend off a well-meaning but officious cousin, an overbearing neighbour, and a former lover while making discoveries about her son by a former marriage. In coping, she discovers that Montreal is not the Emerald City.

Queen's Court is vintage Edward O. Phillips, a good companion on a cold night or a sunny day at the cottage.

Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781896332222
Branch Call Number: FIC Phill 9254ul 1
Characteristics: 213 p.


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melwyk May 01, 2012

This story follows Louise, a new widow who decides to do things backward -- from living in the retirement capital of Victoria, B.C., she decides to move back to her hometown, Montréal. A cousin, Diana, lives in the Westmount neighbourhood, and Louise stays with her while looking for a place of her own. While they are close friends, Diana is also quite managing, and Louise wishes to be independent. She finds a beautiful old apartment in downtown Montréal called Queen's Court and moves in, only to find her life complicated by her neighbours.

All these personality wrangles, plus a little bit of a mystery about the source of some of the antiques across the hall, lead Louise a lively chase. She investigates, finds satisfactory solutions to some of her dilemmas, and restores a more meaningful relationship with her cousin Diana. It is entertaining reading even while there are a few flaws.

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