Mollie Peer, Or, The Underground Adventure of the Moosepath LeagueBook - 1999
Van Reid's Cordelia Underwood was published to widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review called it "an amiable, richly populated first novel designed for long afternoons in a hammock. . .Reid's gazillion characters sparkle." The Boston Herald found it "reminiscent of John Irving at his hilarious best," and the Christian Science Monitor loved its "lemonade-at-the-fair freshness that will delight readers of all ages."A throng of Cordelia Underwood originals returns in Mollie Peer: from wise, courtly, Pickwickian Tobias Walton and the exuberant founders of the Moosepath League to the furtive Eustace Pembleton and his ragamuffin ward. New to the saga are baseball player Wyckford O'Hearn, spiritualist Madame Blavatsky, and the remarkable Quibbler's Association. They all cross paths with feisty young social columnist Mollie Peer, whose pursuit of smugglers (and a good story) leads them from the resonance of an unexpected kiss to a perilous chase on the October coast. Van Reid has penned another deliciously readable novel, the second in a picaresque trilogy, a surefire winner with fans of John Irving and Garrison Keillor on the beach, in the hammock, all year-round.