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Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell, Grove Press, US $26.00, Pp 272, August 2019, ISBN 978-0802147264
Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt, Minotaur Books, US $27.99, Pp 304, July 2019, ISBN 978-1250133090

In one sense, Is There Still Sex in the City? is the continuation of Candace Bushnell’s twenty-year-old first book, Sex and the City, that changed the pop culture and the way we looked at dating. If Sex and the City was about the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, Is There Still Sex in the City? is about the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty. Is There Still Sex in the City? is set in the Village in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and follows a group of female friends — Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candace — as they experience the modern phenomenon of midlife dating and building relationships anew. These man-eating middle-aged women practice what is known as “cubbing” or older women dating or having sex with young men in their twenties and thirties. Bushnell weaves the story around several cubbing love stories into one big story of love, marriage, children, divorce, bereavement, and everything life has to offer. But, the most important thing is how these women face the pressures to maintain their youth or at least a youthful-looking face. This pushes some of them in opting for the “Mona Lisa” treatment (a laser restorative treatment for the vagina). These women are ravaged by Middle-Aged Madness (MAM, the female version of the midlife crisis). It is a world where they want to sell these women skin cream that costs $1500. It is a world where the women become schleppers, carrying their lives around in handbags the size of burlap sacks and worn department store shopping bags. Your back and feet hurt but you just hope something magical will happen and you will stop schlepping. It is not the story of just cubs and MAMs but also of SAPs — Senior Age Players who are looking for Middle Age women. It is a circle that never ends. Is There Still Sex in the City? is funny at times but, at times, it can be very sad. It is a highly entertaining story of the life we close our eyes to. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it.

About the author

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Four Blondes, Summer and the City and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW.

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When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter took his golden retriever Tara to his veterinarian, Dr. Dan Dowling, he did not expect Truman would accompany them back home. The veterinarian told Andy Carpenter that Truman’s supposedly owner had left him at the clinic to be euthanized. The owner also paid for the service. Truman is a tiny, healthy French bulldog. The veterinarian was at a loss why the owner wanted to see Truman dead. He did not want to put an end to his life. He looked for the owner but failed. So, he offered Andy Carpenter to take Truman to the Tara Foundation — the dog rescue foundation Andy works for. Like Dr. Dan Dowling, Andy is also furious but takes Truman home. They find homes for owner-less dogs. Later, they discover a chip implanted in Truman that showed that Truman’s real owner was already dead — murdered. Soon Andy realizes that the real owner of Truman was documentary filmmaker James Haley, who has just been shot to death. He also suspects that the man who brought Truman to the veterinarian was possibly Haley’s killer. Later, Dowling’s receptionist recognizes as the man who brought Truman to the veterinarian and wanted Truman euthanized. But the police cannot arrest George Adams because Dowling’s receptionist has already died. In the meanwhile, police arrests joey Gamble for Haley’s murder because he had visited Haley the night he was murdered and the murder weapon is recovered in his house. Andy decides to defend Joey and takes it upon himself to find the murderer with the help of Tara. They surely cannot do this without Truman. Dowling’s receptionist. It is not going to be as easy as the evidence is only circumstantial. But, for now, Andy has to find links between Haley’s murder and the shooting of 18 odd people including that of Christopher Tolbert, a homeless man in nearby Clifton. In this highly entertaining mystery novel, David Rosenfelt shows how dogs come to man’s rescue when ho help is in sight. It is a thriller for dog-lovers. This should be next on your reading list if you love dogs or read thrillers.

About the author

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of stand-alones and Andy Carpenter novels. He and his wife live in Maine with twenty-five of the four thousand dogs they have rescued.

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