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Publisher's Summary

The Washington Post said, "Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs". Add to that praise the adjective "strong", and you've got Susan's latest protagonist, Marianne Kent. Her life may not seem thrilling - living with her widowed mother, majoring in economics, working in an elegant dress store after classes to put away money for graduate school - but she's determined to make a better life for herself and her mom.

One night, she comes home to see the light is out again over the door. That old fuse box? Again? Except when Marianne gets inside, she stumbles over something, and it's immediately clear what has happened: Her mother has been murdered. The NYPD is stumped. Marianne's father, an army captain, was killed in battle when she was a year old, and whatever other family she has are so distant she's never met them. Whom can she turn to? Marianne does what strong women always do: She turns to herself. With help from Laurie Fishbein, her BFF since second grade, she becomes her own private detective to solve the case of her lifetime.

Susan Isaacs was dubbed "Jane Austen with a shmear" on NPR's Fresh Air. Among her 13 novels are Almost Paradise, Shining Through, and After All These Years. She has written screenplays for two films, Compromising Positions (adapted from her novel) and Hello Again, as well as a nonfiction work, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen. Currently, she serves as chairman of the literary organization Poets & Writers.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, she has reviewed for New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and Newsday. She is a past president of Mystery Writers of America and belongs to the Creative Coalition, PEN, and the International Association of Crime Writers. Susan is a trustee emerita of the Queens College Foundation and on the board of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Among her honors are the John Steinbeck award, the Writers for Writers award, and the Marymount Manhattan Writing Center prize. She has worked gathering support for the National Endowment of the Arts Literature Program and on many anticensorship campaigns. She lives on Long Island, where she's at work finishing her new novel, Violet Hopkins.

©2015 Susan Isaacs (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A 50’s Nancy Drew in Queens NY

I’ve never read any other Susan Isaacs books before so I had no idea what to expect. I loved everything about this book immediately- the intelligent and self possessed heroine, her very “Queens” friends and neighbors, and the late 50’s (early 60’s?) setting. It reminded me a lot of Nancy Drew books but more modern and urban. It’s jam packed with quick dialogue and interesting descriptions very specific to the period and location. The narrator is fantastic. It was like listening to an old time radio drama. The mystery is almost secondary and it’s not one of those stories that dramatically explains everything at the end like Agatha Christie, but I had a ton of fun anyway.

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Interesting story

The story was interesting. Drawn out a bit but I did listen until the end.

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Booooooring

Murder mystery with no twist at the end? Seriously??? Nope, I don't like this one.

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The performance was top notch though I would’ve liked more intrigue in the plot. We just got to the climax a little too quick for my tastes.

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A murder in genteel surroundings

Instead of guns and espionage, Ms. Issacs makes a case for a totally believable heroine assisting in the solution of a heartbreaking crime.

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For "3 hours," I thought I can give this a go.
It is good a good one!:"" It is more than 3 hours, however, several parts begged to be replayed.

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Just a good little mystery

Just a good little mystery.

I was working the late shift and only need something to kill time with and I chose this book. I was pleasantly surprised at how much it interested me. During shift we got pulled into a meeting and I was unable to finish the book, but I actually kept listening after shift until it finished because I wanted to hear how it ended.

Marianne is a good character and her best friend is great. I also really liked the detective helping Marianne out in this one – he didn’t just shrug off her findings but actually listened and pursued her clues.

The author doesn’t let the obvious answers slip by the heroine – she recognizes the clues right along with us. I enjoyed this little mystery.

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Usually expect much more from Susan Issacs.

Usually expect much more from Susan Issacs. narration was unconvincing. as was main character. Ending was just crammed in. Think it might have been a case of early writing that got dusted off after she became popular (and usually) good story teller.

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Ms Isaacs always entertains!

The story was clever and the narrator was exceptional. I was captivated by the young girl and her acute observations. A truly enjoyable listen.

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Not her best work

I did not care for this book & cannot recommend it. I have liked several of her other books but the plot is weak & the characters ever weaker. It does not have her trademark humor either.