JEST AND DIE by Stella Whitelaw


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Still cold-shouldered by her dreamboat, dishy DI James, private eye Jordan Lacey turns to a host of male admirers to help her crack her latest case.

Word of Jordan’s success in returning an escaped tortoise to its rightful owner (Hide and Die, 2003) has obviously made her a hot commodity, because now she’s got two clients. Millionaire butcher Samuel Steele hires her to find out who’s been poisoning plants at his pricey estate on Updown Hill. And gorgeous George Hill, a.k.a. George the Jester, wants her to rid him of a middle-aged stalker. Part of her job, naturally, is to dress in “something snazzy” (a red mini-dress, which she dons minutes before James shows up unexpectedly at her apartment) and accompany him to his potty-mouthed comedy act in Brighton. Meantime, Steele’s wife Anne has vanished, leaving behind a briefcase filled with pound notes, notebooks, and spreadsheets that Jordan entrusts to restaurant owner Miguel, who wants in return only the pleasure of her company at dinner. But Jordan takes a brief detour into the arms of DS Ben Evans, hoping he’ll dust the papers for prints in exchange for some serious smooching. When things go really, really wrong, Oliver Guilbert, owner of Latching’s finest department store, stands by her side offering words of comfort and the promise of a job. Jordan really wants James and only James—even though James doesn’t want her.

Another offbeat, engaging mix of mystery and romance.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7278-5980-3
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Severn House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2004


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