DEATH BY BEQUEST by Mary McMullen

DEATH BY BEQUEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A just-respectable, non-mystery suspenser in which N.Y. art-gallery pitchman Waldo St. Clair decides to kill wife Celia because (a) he prefers the embraces of exotic Irena, and (b) Celia's ancient aunt has just died, bequeathing millions of dollars' worth of antiques (only Waldo knows their value) in a dusty Philadelphia townhouse. So Waldo whisks Celia off for a lethal second honeymoon in Ireland, where his murder-abroad plans are confounded by two pursuers: Celia's gross, violent, soon-eliminated cousin Bernard, furious at being cut out of auntie's will; and Waldo's aristocratic partner Cy, Celia's stately partner in adultery (two can play at that game, Waldo). Ruthless husband gets his deus-ex-machina fate in a cat-and-mouse climax, Cy & Celia get each other, readers get some Dublin street tours and a reasonably efficient kill-and-kiss quickie.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday