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Publisher's Summary

Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation. Then Madeline discovers mysterious circumstances linking her favorite cousin to a 20-year-old murder case, and suddenly her roots are a serious matter again: deadly serious. Unwilling to turn her evidence over to the authorities before figuring some things out herself, she will embark on an ill-prepared and harrowing investigation into the real dark side of her world.
©2006 Cornelia Read; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews



Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author
Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2007
" "Consistently delights. The author's sharp social commentary on everything from the idle rich to the environment adds to the pleasure." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 05-01-08

Witty and a great mystery.

I loved this book. I laughed out loud at some of the lines in this book. The little twists and turns in the plot plus background information added so much to this novel. I started listening to it yesterday morning and finished it last evening. I couldn't put it down and hated it to end. I can hardly wait to start listening to "The Crazy School."

The narrator, Hillary Huber, was perfect for this story. She delivered the great lines in this book with perfection. A great choice for this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jovanna on 12-10-07

A lot of fun

It takes a couple of chapters to get into, but this book is well worth the time. The mystery has a quite satisfying resolution, but getting there is as much fun. The little extraneous details that the authors keeps throwing in are terrific. If you enjoy cultural mythology, this is a book for you. I'm looking forward to the author's next book!

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