I’m Back!

More Adventures Of Hazel Flick And Her Pesky Pup, Fanny

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
59 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2019
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

I’m Back! More Adventures of Hazel Flick and her pesky pup, Fanny is a humorous adventure/sleuth novella written and illustrated by Rachel Druten. Hazel Flick was not about to let herself be turned into the housekeeper and bed-and-breakfast host for her daughter’s dysfunctional family. In her first book, Druten describes how Hazel makes her great escape and recounts the adventures and misadventures she encounters along the way. In this book, Hazel is now happily living at the Paradise Senior Living apartments in Palm Desert, where she shares a delightful garden apartment with her best pal, Fanny, her Papillon. Her human best friend, Louise, lives five minutes away by car, though a nice walk takes only about twenty minutes. Life is good for this spry and active woman who is, incidentally, an undercover operative for the DEA. So what could go wrong?

I’m Back! More Adventures of Hazel Flick and her pesky pup is a fun and fast-paced look at life conducted in Hazel Flick’s own distinct and very appealing style. I love her sense of adventure and independent spirit, and her easy camaraderie with her Papillon will probably make any dog lover smile. I especially appreciated how easily she is able to make Fanny a part of the action at all times. Each of the adventures contained in this collection is entertaining and often suspenseful, and Druten’s characters are credible and well-defined. Druten’s pen and ink illustrations are brilliant and work very well to bring Hazel and her world to life. I had a grand time getting to know Hazel and am looking forward to reading about her further adventures. I’m Back! More Adventures of Hazel Flick and her pesky pup is most highly recommended.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

I'm Back: More Adventures Of Hazel Flick And Her Pesky Pup, Fanny by Rachel Druten is the second Hazel Flick and Fanny book. Senior citizen Hazel is still free of her family and is living a great life in Palm Springs with her pup, Fanny, until Schroeder, her nephew, turns up with his dog, Critter. Managing to house him with her friend Louise, Hazel goes about her life until Agent Veach calls her and Fanny in to help with a drugs bust at the airport. Trouble seems to find Hazel wherever she and Fanny go, even in the senior dating agency she and Louise started. And when her granddaughter Muffie arrives, announcing she is off to the Coachella Music Festival, Agent Veach can't help but drag Hazel into the thick of things once more. But things are never straightforward and Hazel is never far away from trouble.

I’m Back: More Adventures of Hazel Flick and Her Pesky Pup, Fanny by Rachel Druten is a comic short story of mystery and intrigue. Although I didn’t read the first book, there was still enough information to pick up the story where it left off. It is a very amusing and adventurous tale with the main protagonist, Hazel, seemingly falling into trouble no matter where she goes or what she does. I read it in one sitting and found it easy to follow. Some character development clearly followed on from the first story but it wasn’t difficult to follow. For a short story, there was a lot of action going on here. I did find it a bit too short for my liking, on a personal note, and would have enjoyed more. Perhaps it could have been lengthened with more detail, giving readers and established Hazel fans more to appreciate. An enjoyable mystery/sleuth story with a good comedy element.

Gisela Dixon

I'm Back! More Adventures of Hazel Flick and her pesky pup, Fanny by Rachel Druten is a short fun story and is part of a series. This book involves the mad-cap adventures of a woman of a certain age named Hazel Flick and her dog named Fanny. In this series, Hazel’s husband died three years ago and her relatives seemed to have descended on her after that. Fed up with the situation, Hazel has moved to Palm Springs, into a small apartment with Fanny, with her friend Louise living close by. This book is about her adventures as she lives life fully along with people in and out of her life such as her nephew, Schroeder, along with his dog and her granddaughter Muffie, while working as an undercover DEA agent. This involves some serious, yet funny moments with Agent Veach, her matchmaking service with her friend Louise, adventures at the music festival, and much more.

I'm Back! is a hilarious read and depicts life in Palm Springs, known as a hub for retirees, with a mixture of adventure and amusement. The tussle and back and forth between Hazel and Agent Veach was probably one of my favorite parts in the entire book as they have the right balance of humor and thrills. Another huge draw for me in the book was the illustrations. Drawn by Rachel herself, they are wonderful and complement the chapters and the narrative really well. In the end, Rachel’s fun, fast writing style and stunning illustrations make this a very enjoyable read!