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Publisher's Summary

Vera Van Alst, the infamous curmudgeon of Harrison Falls, New York, doesn't normally receive visitors without appointment, but she agrees to see the imperious Muriel Delgado upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Evicted from the Van Alst House, Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over her erstwhile employer.It seems Muriel has designs on Vera's money and property-not to mention a particular interest in her collection of Nero Wolfe first editions. When Jordan discovers a deadly connection between Muriel and the Van Alst family, it's up to her to put the house in order and stop a killer from going back to press.
©2014 Penguin Group (USA) LLC (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By toaMystery Reader on 05-06-15

shut yourself in a closet and lock the door!

This book was intriguing, and the characters were both memorable, and likeable. The twist to the actual killer was unexpected. Plan on reading or listening to this book, when you can lock yourself away, as you will not want to put it down. I give it a 12 on a scale from 1 to 10! Also I loved the way this book was read to the listener. It gave you just enough time to think about what was being said, and the inclination in the voice, to help you understand each character's dilemma.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 11-10-15

The Ending Was a Let Down

This entire book has 1 plot that begins from the very first sentence, and it's about a mystery guest who shows up at Vera's house and kicks Jordan out. After that this mystery guest takes apart Vera's life, selling off her books, her cats, and everything she loves. It's a pretty jaw dropping story that unfolds over the course of the next 10 hours, getting more dramatic with each chapter. So you can imagine my dismay when the end comes and you find out WHY all of this happened and the reason is PATHETIC. It honestly seems like the author got to the end of this great tale and ran out of ideas, so she just picked one out of thin air. It makes absolutely no logical sense. I won't spoil it, but just know that for me it ruined the whole book. It's a bit of an insult to the reader to make it end with something that is completely unrealistic. Vera's reason for why the mystery guest was there and why she had so much power was one that held no weight. Don't waste a credit on this installment!
The only positive take away was the narration, which was spot on as always!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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