Saturday, February 4, 2012

Do women ever stop loving their dolls?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

I mean it? Do women ever stop loving their dolls? I don't think I did.  But then I don't have children.  (I have cats.  And don't tell me that's easier -- ha!  They fight like ... well, like little kids.  "He's looking at me, Ma!!!!")

That's not to say that girls don't like other toys.  I can remember many happy hours spent playing with tinker toys, my brother's erector set, Lincoln Logs, the Playdoh extruder (and the Fun Factory!), model gas station (with a deluxe elevator to move the cars to the roof for extra parking), Legos, and one of the best boy toys ever, the Kenner Building set.  (Man, I loved that.  Green girders and plastic window panels. how 1960s was that!)

But then there were my dolls. I had a few of the greats.  Thumbelina, Tiny Tears (with the rockabye eyes).  I loved (and still have) my Barbies (and her friends and assorted relatives).  And BTW, my Barbie flew in G.I. Joe's space capsule long before Mattel ever thought of putting her in space).

My protagonist, Katie Bonner of the Victoria Square Mysteries, had an opportunity to think about dolls in my latest release, THE WALLED FLOWER.  One of her vendors is selling handcrafted dolls and misrepresenting their pedigree.  That causes Katie to buy a box lot of assorted dolls at an auction she attends.  She figures she'll rehab the ailing dolls (such as amputee Raggedy Ann), and sell them.  But . . . will that really happen?  Will Katie be able to part with her new-found dolly friends AND solve a murder that's over two decades old?

I hope you'll be intrigued enough to find out by reading THE WALLED FLOWER.  It'll be "officially" available on Tuesday (but I've heard rumors that some people have already found copies on the shelves)  in bookstores and online.

9 comments:

Sue said...

I still have my original (and I do mean original as in one of the first ones made back in the 60's) and every now and then I take her out and put a different outfit on her (they are from the 60's to) Micro-mini skirts and go-go boots are such fun to play with now. BTW, can you make Tuesday get her faster so I can get Walled Flower Really looking forward to it.

Linda McDonald said...

The Walled Flower sounds great. Totally cool cover too. Can't wait to read it and congrats on its release! I don't have any dolls from my childhood, but I do have my two favorite stuffed owls that I got when I was really little. I'll always keep them.

CherylR said...

I have my Toni doll (named for the home perm) from the 50's. We also provide a home for my daughter's collection of Cabbage Patch and Strawberry Shortcake dolls.

Nancy said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful, fun childhood. I'm looking forward to reading the new book!

Maureen Hayes said...

We must be the same age because I had and played with the exact same toys! I still love dolls and you definitely peaked my interest with your description of "Walled Flower". Now I just have to get my hands on a copy.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. . .

Jeannie D. said...

I love my toys from the 60's! My Husband and I still collect the ones we no longer have of our own. A Walk down memory lane. Can hardly wait until Tuesday for "Walled Flower," loved "Crafty Killing" Thanks for all your wonderful series. Love them all!

Dru said...

I don't have any of my dolls as they were lost in a house fire. But I do have fond memories of playing with them.

I can't wait to read The Walled Flower.

Aurian said...

I never did play with dolls as far as I can remember. We did have lego, and playmobiel. I have always preferred books, but that doesn't mean I don't like reading about dolls in a cozy mystery :). Good luck with the new release!

Vickie said...

can't wait for the new book!!
A girl is never to old for her dolls. I have mine sitting in my guest room.