Just because Amy Richmond is the daughter of Robin Light's late, unlamented husband Murphy doesn't give her any excuse for...

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THE SCENT OF MURDER

Just because Amy Richmond is the daughter of Robin Light's late, unlamented husband Murphy doesn't give her any excuse for dragging Robin (In Plain Sight, 1996, etc.) into the mess she's made. The fun begins when Amy bolts Robin's pet store one step ahead of the Syracuse cops after leaving Robin with her albino ferret, Mr. Bones, but gets darker fast when Robin finds Amy's stepfather, casket manufacturer Dennis Richmond, murdered (""at least the poor guy would have a fancy coffin""), with Amy the obvious suspect. The homicidally fractious Richmond family is obviously behind the following carnival of crime--two break-ins, a warehouse explosion, a kidnapping, a hidden envelope full of diamonds, and enough drugs to keep the Woodstock Nation mellow for a month--but which of them is the perp? Sadly, the Richmonds aren't different enough to make you care which of them has made harried Robin (who'll need all the help she can get from her improbable network of lowlife helpers) switch back from bubble gum to Camels.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1997

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1997