Last Stop Sunnyside: A Dana Leoni Mystery by Pat Capponi

Last Stop Sunnyside: A Dana Leoni Mystery

byPat Capponi

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

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The Place: A rough rooming house in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood

The Case: The terrible murder of a marginalized but beloved woman

The Detectives: Dana Leoni and her rag-tag posse of down-and-out housemates

Published to great acclaim and now available in mass-market format, Last Stop Sunnyside, by bestselling author Pat Capponi, introduces readers to Dana Leoni and the mean streets of Parkdale, Toronto. All Dana wants is to retreat from the traumas of her past, but when her mentally ill roommate turns up dead and the police quickly run out of clues, she and her housemates decide to take matters into their own hands. The only problem is that these amateur sleuths can’t synchronize their watches (because they share only one amongst them), and it’s hard to tail suspects when you don’t even have bus fare. Despite the many obstacles, the Leoni team is determined to solve the murder case of their dear but vulnerable friend. Truly a mystery like no other, Last Stop Sunnyside will thrill you with its original voice, gritty narrative and gripping plot twists.

Title:Last Stop Sunnyside: A Dana Leoni MysteryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554689112

ISBN - 13:9781554689118

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from First in a Canadian mystery series This mystery reads lightly considering its setting and subject matter: the streets and rooming houses of Parkdale, where someone is preying upon society's castoffs. Dana, the narrator, is educated and resourceful but emotionally scarred; her friends and housemates are variously afflicted by mental illness, alcoholism, extreme poverty and a host of other difficulties. When one of their number disappears for a few days and later washes up on the beach, the police can't do much--the woman's history of drinking binges makes her death seem tragic but hardly suspicious. Dana and her friends, however, believe something more sinister is at work, especially when several other vulnerable women fail to turn up at their usual haunts. Inspired by the novels of Janet Evanovich, they begin investigating the case themselves. Capponi, a social activist, paints a warm and sympathetic portrait of the downtrodden and homeless people of Parkdale, without demonizing the police or the other people of Toronto who cannot always do anything to help. The other books I've read by Capponi have been non-fiction, and while her clear and simple prose style works very well for those, it is not as evocative as I could wish for fiction; if I didn't already know Parkdale, I wouldn't gain a very clear picture of it from this novel. Similarly, the protagonist Dana is a bit of a blank slate, but since this is the first of a planned series, both writer and reader will have a chance to get to know her better.
Date published: 2009-03-18