Henry Holt & Co. - 2013
I wanted a quick and fun read and from the cover and title, I thought this book might be the one; I was right. This book is actually the second of a proposed trilogy. The first book was:Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes. I enjoyed this one, but really do want to go back and read the first book as well.
This story takes place in Hamara Nagar, a fictional town somewhere in the Indian Himalayas where fifty-nine year old Janet Laird (Jana) makes a living as a fortune teller, reading the cards of mostly tourists who visit the area. She has help though, in the form of a loose-jawed parrot named Mr. Ganguly. In this installment Mr. Ganguly's popularity draws attention to himself by some birdnappers.
Yes, Mr. Ganguly makes the story very fun, but I now want to learn more about Jana, Jolly Grant House and the other characters as well. Jana is a very sweet lady, (she is Scottish, but a citizen of India). This one was just so much fun, but there are some endearing moments as well. It was just such a refreshing change from a few sad stories I've read lately. Try it if you need a nice change of pace!
(eGalley received via NetGalley)