If only Palm Beach PI Mike McCleary had told his wife and partner, Quin St. James (Storm Surge, 1993, etc.), that he was investigating the murder of Janis Krieger—he wouldn't be lying in the hospital, aphasic and unable to tell her where he's stashed the shoe box full of goodies provided by a coy informant self-named Blue Pearl. (All right, he probably would be lying there, but maybe she'd already know.) As it is, he'll just have to wait for her to suss out the reason for his drive-by shooting and hope that, with the help of their rough-hewn operative John Tark, she can dope out the connections among Krieger's widower, Chilean faith healer Alejandro Domingo; the Link Research & Development Center, whose Dr. Eden White had investigated Domingo two years ago; and the senatorial ambitions of a cereal- fortune heir. But what chance does the firm of St. James & McCleary have when the partners don't even know what we've known from the beginning—that Domingo's sister and daughter have been kidnapped to force his participation in a sinister plot that will give a whole new meaning to the laying on of hands—and when the forces of evil have established (unsurprisingly for MacGregor) a potent foothold in the US Marshal's Office? A hard-hitting, hairy-chested Florida slugfest, with manly St. James more than holding her own against the smooth tough guys who took out her husband.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 1994

ISBN: 0-7868-6061-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1994

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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.


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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