THE DEVIL MET A LADY by Stuart M. Kaminsky

THE DEVIL MET A LADY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Another pleasantly foolish outing for Toby Peters (The Melting Clock, 1991, etc.), shamus to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. The client this time (1943) is Bette Davis's husband Arthur Farnsworth, whose aeronautical research on a modified bombsight has brought him to the attention of a gang that wants to swap the plans for an old sound-recording that Toby would rather forget--a record of how Davis's first husband, Ham Nelson, blackmailed Howard Hughes over a little performance coaching she gave him--and threatens to kidnap the star if Farnsworth won't play ball. The byplay between Toby and Davis, who stops recycling dialogue from her movies only long enough to get snatched three times, is the high point here; better pass over the mystery in silence. Bright and insubstantial as a meringue. Not the best in this waggish, venerable series.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89296-436-7
Page count: 208pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993




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