A little mystery, a little romance, with the journey more satisfying than the destination.


Upon learning that her recently married daughter’s husband may be a murderer, a mother embarks on a search for the truth in Glidewell’s debut.

Lexie Starr, a dithery Kansas-based widow who volunteers at the local library, chances upon a microfilm story about the unsolved murder of Eliza Pitt, who was probably the first wife of her daughter Wendy’s husband Clay. Determined to find out the truth, she tells Wendy that she’s going to Myrtle Beach to meet Stone Van Patten, a jewelry dealer she met online while searching for charms for Wendy’s lost bracelet. Instead, she goes to Clay’s former home in Schenectady, N.Y., near the site where Eliza’s body was discovered. The owner of the B&B where she books a room is a tough old lady who’s delighted to share everything she knows about the case. Not so the local law. Since Clay was attending the police academy in Boston at the time of his pregnant wife’s murder, Lexie heads there to discover that his roommate was a drug-using gay stripper. Returning to Schenectady, she interviews Clay’s mentally ill mother, who provides a great deal of information. But how much of it is true? Eventually Van Patten makes the trip to New York to meet Lexie and proves to be a big help, especially when Wendy is kidnapped.

A little mystery, a little romance, with the journey more satisfying than the destination.

Pub Date: May 16, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59414-649-7

Page Count: 206

Publisher: Five Star/Gale Cengage

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2008

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An anodyne visit with Tricia and her friends and enemies hung on a thin mystery.


Too much free time leads a New Hampshire bookseller into yet another case of murder.

Now that Tricia Miles has Pixie Poe and Mr. Everett practically running her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, she finds herself at loose ends. Her wealthy sister, Angelica, who in the guise of Nigela Ricita has invested heavily in making Stoneham a bookish tourist attraction, is entering the amateur competition for the Great Booktown Bake-Off. So Tricia, who’s recently taken up baking as a hobby, decides to join her and spends a lot of time looking for the perfect cupcake recipe. A visit to another bookstore leaves Tricia witnessing a nasty argument between owner Joyce Widman and next-door neighbor Vera Olson over the trimming of tree branches that hang over Joyce’s yard—also overheard by new town police officer Cindy Pearson. After Tricia accepts Joyce’s offer of some produce from her garden, they find Vera skewered by a pitchfork, and when Police Chief Grant Baker arrives, Joyce is his obvious suspect. Ever since Tricia moved to Stoneham, the homicide rate has skyrocketed (Poisoned Pages, 2018, etc.), and her history with Baker is fraught. She’s also become suspicious about the activities at Pets-A-Plenty, the animal shelter where Vera was a dedicated volunteer. Tricia’s offered her expertise to the board, but president Toby Kingston has been less than welcoming. With nothing but baking on her calendar, Tricia has plenty of time to investigate both the murder and her vague suspicions about the shelter. Plenty of small-town friendships and rivalries emerge in her quest for the truth.

An anodyne visit with Tricia and her friends and enemies hung on a thin mystery.

Pub Date: Aug. 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0272-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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This ran in the S.E.P. and resulted in more demands for the story in book form than ever recorded. Well, here it is and it is a honey. Imagine ten people, not knowing each other, not knowing why they were invited on a certain island house-party, not knowing their hosts. Then imagine them dead, one by one, until none remained alive, nor any clue to the murderer. Grand suspense, a unique trick, expertly handled.

Pub Date: Feb. 21, 1939

ISBN: 0062073478

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1939

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