The solid police procedural moves along smoothly until the well-disguised villain is revealed.

BLOOD MATTERS

A transplanted Texan helps solve a quirky California murder.

Roxanne Prescott, a member of a family of proud Texas law officers, moved to California when her partner was killed on the job (Guns and Roses, not reviewed). After working at her aunt’s travel agency, she’s signed on with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Her first big case is the murder of ex-cop, ex-p.i. Sam Brennan, the beloved founder of Adoption Central, an agency that facilitates adoptions of all kinds. He’s found beaten to death with a Michael Jackson statue at his expensive home, crammed with equally tasteful collectibles. Roxanne and her mentor, Detective Jed Wilkinson, are clearly matched against a clever killer. None of Sam’s employees, family or friends seem to have a serious motive for murder. Both his former wives liked him, and though his affair with a ghostwriter was not exclusive, they remained friends. But there are darker possibilities. With the help of the ghostwriter, Sam had written several books. One on his own adoption painted a rosy, far-from-realistic portrait of his life with abusive parents. Both his birth parents are dead, but when he tracked down his maternal sister Clara, her husband, a conservative talk-show host, made it plain that he disapproved of Sam’s work.

The solid police procedural moves along smoothly until the well-disguised villain is revealed.

Pub Date: April 1, 2007

ISBN: 1-880284-86-3

Page Count: 248

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2007

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DEATH ON THE NILE

A HERCULE POIROT MYSTERY (HERCULE POIROT MYSTERIES)

One of her best. Poirot, again on vacation, falls foul of a murder on board a Nile river steamer, followed by two successive murders, obviously connected. A sophisticated group, an ingenious plot, clever deduction, swift-paced narrative. A little romance on the side lends glamour. First rate entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 1938

ISBN: 0062073559

Page Count: 354

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1938

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

A KILLER EDITION

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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