Books by Carole Berry

THE DEATH OF A DANCING FOOL by Carole Berry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

What's a nice lady like moving (as in relocation) coordinator Bonnie Indermill, engaged and everything to mover Sam Finkelstein, doing with a scam-meister like ``Fast Eddie'' Fong? That's what she keeps asking herself after she overcomes her reservations about Eddie's checkered past enough to sign on for two weeks' temp work at his new dance club, The Dancing Fool. And after the death of TV star Brad Gannett, who'd smilingly endorsed the club only a few weeks before his shooting, the police are asking the same thing. Game Bonnie allows herself to be pressed into service as an undercover agent for NYPD's Captain John Lee, but although her adventures as ``the world's worst spy'' will provoke some smiles, she doesn't distinguish herself in this muffled tale of dancing, drugs, die-hard fans, and the lower strata of showbiz. Even Berry's most ardent fans—and there are bound to be many—will miss the sparkle of The Death of a Difficult Woman (1994). Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF A DIFFICULT WOMAN by Carole Berry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

It isn't enough that Bonnie Indermill, signing on as a temporary assistant to the coordinator of relocation operations for Nutley, Eggers, Rivers, and Davis (NERD), is suddenly catapulted into the hot seat when her boss takes a hike and leaves her holding the moving boxes. Or that her first trip to the law firm's new office on Manhattan's Park Avenue is enlivened by her catching sight of a mysterious stalker who seems to be on the tail of senior litigation partner Kate Hamilton. Or even that a greenhorn mover can't account for the contents of Kate's precious desk drawer, and Bonnie takes the heat. No, the crowning blow comes when Kate is killed, and the police refuse to concentrate on the stalker, who meantime has turned his attention—phone calls, quickie personal visits, uncensored and increasingly accurate drawings of her in the naked arms of head mover Sam Finkelstein—to Bonnie. The cops decide that a much better suspect would be Sam's son Billy, whose delinquent past, weak alibi, and poor relations with the deceased would make him a natural to anybody who hasn't met the other slimy NERDs—the imperious senior partner, the two nervous associates teetering on the edge of partnership, Bonnie's craven new boss—or who isn't being stalked herself by somebody else. Berry (Good Night, Sweet Prince, 1990, etc.) writes like an omnidextrous octopus, dishing the dirt on NERD, following Bonnie's earthy romance, plotting a pristine whodunit, and leavening it all with Bonnie's trademark light patter—though tracking down the killer, stalker or no, never becomes as threatening as moving all those lawyers. Read full book review >
NIGHTMARE POINT by Carole Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 1993

The author of the cheerful series featuring Bonnie Indermill (Island Girl, etc.) is on a different tack here. Her heroine now is Joyce Neuhauser, a youngish mother of four just released from a psychiatric hospital after treatments, including electroshock, for severe depression. Unsure of herself, her memory impaired, Joyce is nevertheless the guiding force in the search for her kidnapped 13- year-old daughter Deborah. Thirtysomething, ordinary-seeming Ronnie Haddon first sees Deborah in a Cape Cod general store where the Neuhauser family has stopped on the way to their vacation apartment. Deborah innocently plays into his crazy delusions and, after a brief contact, becomes an overriding obsession that pushes Haddon to murder, then to the pursuit of his quarry. It's Joyce whose sharp observation, stubborn questions, and piecemeal memories set the police on the right track.... Crisp pacing, vivid minor characters, and a chilling psychological profile add up to absorbing storytelling that showcases a versatile talent. Read full book review >
ISLAND GIRL by Carole Berry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

Another amiable adventure for Bonnie Indermill—temporary worker, permanent busybody (Good Night, Sweet Prince, etc.)—this time subbing for a vacationing friend at the Flamingo Cove Hotel in the Bahamas, as director of aerobics and other group activities. Her roommate is brash, blond hostess Leslie, who has dated a string of island men and boasts to Bonnie about her latest, unnamed, conquest. Meanwhile, Colin and Eleanor Ledbetter, owners of the not-very-prosperous resort, are wooing a group of Texas investors. A murderous attack on Bonnie in a beach shack is played down, but there's no covering up the discovery of Leslie's body, entangled and drowned, after a group scuba-lesson. Bonnie's sure it wasn't an accident. She does some heavy sleuthing in the seedier reaches of Nassau but winds up, closer to home, in a violent confrontation with the unsurprising killer. Offbeat motivation, exotic ambiance, and some quirky characters: a pleasant diversion. Read full book review >