THE ROTARY CLUB MURDER MYSTERY by Graham Landrum

THE ROTARY CLUB MURDER MYSTERY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A return outing for 80-ish southern grande dame Harriet Bushrow, a major participant in solving the author's first--The Famous DAR Murder Mystery. Here, the Rotary Club's district governor Charles Hollonbrook--now in Harriet's town of Borderville, Virginia, to address local members--is found shot to death by his own gun in his locked-from-the-inside motel room. Club members, unconvinced by the police report of suicide, assign Harriet to look further. This she does with a will, driving her ancient De Soto to Hollonbrook's hometown of Stedbury, where her old friend Maud Bradfield gives her plenty of leads--to Hollonbrook's first wife Linda and their feckless son Jimmy; his second wife Alice; current mistress Kim and others in between; his once-thriving real-estate business and his basement gun range. When a car bomb destroys the De Soto in front of Maud's house, Harriet knows she's on the right track--it only remains to make the right connections. The southern charm remains, but the lack of tension, slow pace, and overplotting make for a respectable but less than compelling second outing.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09375-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1993




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