Katie has a different spin on the HaBO but I figured this was SO insane I’d post it to see if anyone knew where she could find a copy.
So, this HaBO comes by way of my aunt, who recently got hooked on a series of novels (and when I say series, I mean there are 40 books) called the Saga of the Phenwick women. These are paperbacks, billed as Gothic Romance. After a little Googling, I determined they were actually written by a man (John Kimbro) who adopted a nom de plume for the Phenwick books (Kathryn Kimbrough). They were written between 1970s-1982 and have names like “Iris, the Bewitched” and “Yvonne, the Confident” and “Rachel, the Posessed.” (The opportunity for comedy here is unbound, I tell you.)
However, the last book in the series, “Belinda, the Impatient” (1982) is really, really hard to find. AbeBooks has one listed for nearly $80 and there is only one complete set on eBay (for $200, which seems like a relative bargain). Do any of your voracious readers know of some good used romance stores that might be able to scrounge up a copy? Or could check their local libraries and see if any might have it where it could be requested?
If it had been written in 2011 instead of 1982, I would have thought it was just a bit of clever viral marketing—write 39 addictive books, then write the last one with a mocking title (“the Impatient”) and make it really hard to get. It’d be like if Diana Gabaldon wrote the 8th Outlander book, entitled it “Hahahaha” and Random House only released a dozen copies. In Finnish.
This blurb comes courtesy of paperbackswap.com and is magnificently WTF.
“When Oliver Phenwick travels to Bavaria to dispose of the castle he has inherited, he and his group fall prey to a manical killer. Undaunted, Oliver remains determined to trap the anonymous culprit who keeps threatening his wife, Letita. So he hires the pretty young Belinda to impersonate her. But Oliver has no idea that Belinda’s life will soon be endangered by someone in their midst. Nor does he know that she will be taken hostage at the will of an evil hypnotist…”
Katie’s looked online, and found some ridiculously expensive copies. She’s also enquired at her library – but they don’t have a copy that they can find. But this series is full of the Crazysauce, so in the spirit of today I figured I’d ask if you knew of a copy, perhaps at a used bookstore, or if you’ve read this book and can tell us if it seems as magical as the blurb makes it seem!