Books by Evan Marshall

CITY IN SHADOW by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Another love letter to the city Marshall (Dark Alley, 2010, etc.) knows so well, this one marked by several interesting twists and Anna's annoying lack of common sense."
A sanitation supervisor becomes involved in yet another deadly mystery. Read full book review >
DARK ALLEY by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Marshall crams enough crime into Winthrop's latest case to burst the strongest Hefty bag."
A sanitation supervisor hits the streets in search of a killer who plies his trade in Manhattan's hidden courtyards. Read full book review >
EVIL JUSTICE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"Classy Anna's second cozy (Death is Disposable, 2008, etc.) showcases Manhattan as it keeps you guessing."
A serial killer's crime spree provides a template for a copycat. Read full book review >
DEATH IS DISPOSABLE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"This series kickoff by the author of the Jane Stuart suburban mysteries (Crushing Crystal, 2004, etc.) shows a nice eye for city life, even though Anna's better at collecting the trash than at connecting the dots."
A Connecticut socialite finds her vocation running a New York City sanitation garage. Read full book review >
ICING IVY by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Continuity, please. Marshall's reasonable plot gets deep-sixed by Jane's abrupt, unmotivated changes of heart."
Literary agent Jane Stuart (Stabbing Stephanie, 2001, etc.) isn't all that happy to hear from Ivy Benson. After all, relations between them have been pretty cool ever since Ivy's daughter, Marlene, got killed while working as a nanny for Jane's young son Nick. And Ivy's shady new boyfriend, Johnny Baglieri, doesn't thrill Jane either. Besides, Jane has just promised Rhoda Kagan and Adam Forrest, new owners of the Mt. Munsee Lodge, that she'll run a weeklong workshop for aspiring writers. But Ivy's pleas to reconnect with her former best friend are so impassioned that Jane gives in, inviting her to share their Christmas Eve dinner of curried cascadura (provided by Florence, Marlene's replacement) and even allowing her and Johnny to tag along at Mt. Munsee. Bad move. Johnny develops a thing for aspiring romance writer Carla Santino. A guy with a gun shows up and chases him off into the woods. And Ivy turns up on the frozen pond with an ice pick in her throat. Now Jane is hellbent to discover Ivy's murderer; after all, she explains to her boyfriend, Detective Stanley Greenberg—who'd just as soon she left police work to the police—Ivy's her best friend! Not Winky's new kittens, not Stanley's warnings, not even plot logic (first she wants a quiet New Year's Eve with Nick, Stanley, and Florence—if she's free; then she's off to a party with no provision for babysitting) can deter Jane from her noble goal. Read full book review >
STABBING STEPHANIE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Perhaps the most egregious yet of the recent spate of alleged mysteries that bury detection in a morass of domestic detail."
Literary agent Jane Stuart (Hanging Hannah, 2000, etc.) has just been getting her life back together after the traffic-accident death of her husband Kenneth. Now her omnicompetent housekeeper Florence has her household running like a top, providing tasty meals with a Trinidad twist and keeping young Master Nicholas on the mark in school and at home. Her business is flourishing, with editors tripping over each other to bid on incipient bestsellers like The Blue Palindrome. Her new beau, police detective Stanley Greenberg, and her cat Winky provide all the companionship she craves. So when Kenneth's obnoxious cousin Stephanie Townsend decides to leave Boston and relocate to Shady Hills, lured by a job her Wellesley chum Faith Carson's new publishing house, Jane is anything but pleased—especially since she's broken down and booked a well-deserved vacation. For Kenneth's sake, she takes Stephanie in, listening to her narcissistic tirades and giving her moral support when Carson & Hart turns out to be little more than a vanity press. But when Stephanie sees Faith steal a necklace from wealthy matron Lillian Strohman, and then finds Lillian's maid Una stabbed to death, Jane suspects a weak publication list is the least of Carson & Hart's problems. Worse yet, the day of Jane's departure for Antigua, inconsiderate Stephanie finally gets herself stabbed to death and shoved in a dumpster, imperiling Jane's long-awaited Caribbean adventure. Luckily—and thanks in part to the adorable Winky—a confession is mere hours away.Read full book review >
HANGING HANNAH by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2000

" Miss Marple lite."
``The Miss Marple of Shady Hill, New Jersey,'' a popular magazine dubbed her when she solved the case of the murdered nanny (Missing Marlene, 1999). Ordinarily, she's just plain Jane Stuart, struggling literary agent, but the Marple touch does come in handy since, as more than one friend has pointed out, people around her have a way of suddenly dying. This time, the homicidal parade begins with the unfortunate young stranger who gives the novel its title: poor waiflike Hannah, hanged from a tree. Next, it's Holly Griffin, the bumptious New York book editor, disliked by all too many—and stabbed by one. Third in line is poisoned media magnate Cecil Willoughby, rich, powerful, ruthless, estranged even from his only son and sporting an endless train of illwishers unrelated by blood. Could these violent, seemingly disparate, deaths in some way be connected? A cozy conundrum if ever there was one, and Jane goes to work on it. Helped in her efforts by that nice Lt. Stanley Greenberg of the Shady Hills PD and Winky the cat, Jane ratiocinates successfully. Actually, as in the author's debut, it's Winky's work that proves pivotal to the resolution, though in the process she comes perilously close to expending one of her nine. Still, a cat's got to do what a cat's got to do. Read full book review >
MISSING MARLENE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

A deep chasm seems to run through little Shady Hills, New Jersey. On one side live widowed literary agent Jane Stuart, her friends, her cat Winky, her son Nick, and Nick's nanny, Marlene Benson. The other side, which extends from the Roadside Tavern to the fleshpots of nearby Parsippany and far-off Manhattan, is peopled by strange denizens with names like Gil Dapero, who works in a sporting-goods warehouse, and Vernon List, who works in a hardware warehouse. One day, Marlene, instead of picking Nick up at school, crosses over to the other side of the chasm and disappears. Jane is worried and baffled; Marlene's mother back in Detroit is frantic; but Marlene's friends, from Helen Wichowski in Shady Hills to Zena Harmon in New York, seem strangely untroubled. Neglecting her unhappy clients and her up-and-coming assistant to make inquiries, Jane discovers that Marlene had been spending quite a bit of time on the other side of the chasm'some of it with such dangerous charmers as Gil and Vernon—and that Jane's own side, the side of Jane's big client Roger Haines and her upscale neighbors Dr. Elliott and Audrey Fairchild, may not be so different after all. Everything is resolved in a finale equally surprising for its welcome ingenuity and its incongruous firepower. Marshall's refreshing debut has all the trappings of a cozy, right down to the detecting cat, but gets a PG-13 for sexual situations, language, pornography, and bimbos. Read full book review >