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Blue [Hardcover]

Abigail Padgett
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Sept. 1 1998
Blue McCarron is a former professor, now making her living as a retail consultant. She was hired by the brother of Beatrice Muffin Crandell, a 72-year-old widow who confessed to murder several years earlier. As Blue delves into the crime, she discovers that not only are Muffin's society friends lying to protect her but they are themselves integral players in an international conspiracy.

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Two years after her lover left without warning, Blue McCarron has retreated to an abandoned motel in the desert near San Diego. She's a social psychologist who is decidedly antisocial; her only companion is a Doberman named Bront?. When the frozen body of a street hustler is discovered in a meat locker and an old woman, Muffin Crandall, confesses to his murder, Blue is asked to investigate. Muffin pretends to be crazy, but Blue doesn't buy it and sets out to find the real killer. Along the way, she befriends a prison psychiatrist and ex-con. Together they stumble onto a child prostitution ring and a secret organization determined to save the young prostitutesAat any cost. Blue has to confront demons from her past, including her twin brother, who is in prison, and her lingering passion for her missing lover. Blue is sassy, tough, scared, vulnerable, and funnyAa great new character from Padgett, known for her Bo Bradley series (The Dollmaker's Daughters, LJ 1/97). Recommended.AKaren Anderson, Arizona State Univ. West Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Blue McCarron has a Ph.D. in social psychology. She teaches and writes while living reclusively in an abandoned motel in the middle of the California desert with her Doberman, Bronte. A minister's kid, she has an imprisoned felon for a twin and a broken heart from grieving over her lost lover, Misha. When a body is found trussed up in a public freezer and widow Muffin Crandall, 61, claims she killed an intruder in self-defense and then did some dumb things, including freezing the corpse for five years, Muffin's brother Dan hires Blue to free his much older sister by analyzing her. It is apparent to Blue and forensic psychiatrist Rox that Muffin's story is a hoax. But who is Muffin protecting? Who wants her dead? And, maybe more important, will Blue ever resolve her love for Misha and love again? Complete with commentary by a Rastafarian Greek chorus in the form of ex-felon BB the Punk, the witty, suspenseful lesbian-detective thriller is hard to resist. Whitney Scott

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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and challenging Aug. 30 2001
Format:Paperback
Blue McCarron is hired by a man whose older sister Muffin has been arrested for murdering a man five years ago and hiding his body in a public freezer. Muffin has confessed, but Blue doesn't buy the confession. Blue is still mourning the disappearance of her lover Misha two years ago, and likes getting the money, but she ends up with more than she can handle when Muffin is murdered in prison and Blue is targetted next. It's a thoroughly enjoyable ride, but the mystery elements get baffling fast and while this could certainly derail many readers, I found Padgett's witty characters and exciting style drew me further in. Like Laurie King's "Night work" and Lauren Maddison's "Witchfire", there's a strong feminist thread through the story that educates as it entertains. And while the density of the convoluted mystery plot annoyed me until the very end, I highly recommend this book, and I can hardly wait to read the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLUE Nov. 29 2001
By "wanbo"
Format:Paperback
First of two (so far) in the "Blue McCarron" series. The book introduces us to Blue who is a Social Physcologist hired to evaluate an elderly woman who's been arrested for murder when a man's body is discovered in the old woman's rented food locker.
The plot twists & turns from there. I enjoyed the set up, characters and sub plots. I particularly liked how Padgett interwove the physcological makeup of male species and behaviors and their effect on women's culture, throughout the book. In fact, I found her theories and poignant insights interesting as well as thought provoking. Regardless of your literary detection skills this is a good read for mystery buffs of all levels. I liked Blue McCarron and would definitely date a woman of this caliber...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue April 14 2002
By Beverly
Format:Paperback
Oh my goddess...Blue McCarron, Ph.D. is one hot character. A recluse out in her desert hotel, Blue and her wonder dog Bronte (loved Bronte). Blue has many skeletons in her closet...Misha, the woman she loved who one day disappeared. Her aunt, Carty, is acting mysteriously and there's the necklace Blue's seen before. The mending of her relationship with her twin brother David, who in prison, but is getting married. And there's Muffin Crandall's friends who are being picked off one at a time by someone unknown. Blue and Bronte survive many encounters in the desert with some unsavory characters. Her new friends BB and Rox are better friends than she knew. Beautifully written with character and environmental development.
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