Blues in the Night Mass Market Paperback – Sep 30 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
With Los Angeles true-crime writer Molly Blume (yes, she gets teased about that a lot), Agatha Award winner Krich (Shadows of Sin and four other Jessie Drake mysteries) introduces a smart new heroine in a new suspense series. Molly finds her stories everywhere and has learned to respect that tingle that tells her she's onto something. When a newspaper snippet about a young woman nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver snags her attention, Molly plunges headfirst into the story. It's a bit like falling into the rabbit hole, for the more she learns about the victim, the less she understands. The young woman may have been a tragic figure who killed her infant son while suffering a postpartum psychosis, or a very clever manipulator who planned the murder even before the child was born. She may have committed suicide in the hospital, or she may have been murdered. Molly's onion-peeling investigation will appeal to those who read mysteries for the pleasure of solving an intricate puzzle. Equally appealing, enough to make us wish for more, is the affectionate portrait of a large, boisterous Jewish family. Everyone needs a wise grandmother like Molly's. A sideline love story is a bit of a throwaway, but the fascinating look inside the culture and rituals of Orthodox Judaism more than makes up for it. Krich nicely captures the sense of community that religious faith can create, and she skillfully paints the special beauty of the desert landscape outside L.A.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Molly Blume is a modern Orthodox Jew who just happens to be a true-crime writer. It's an unusual combination, perhaps, but Molly (and Krich) makes it work--as well here as in past Blume mysteries. In this one, about devotion misplaced and forgiveness well earned, the mysterious circumstances surrounding a hit-and-run victim force the inquisitive Molly to reexamine a past tragedy that involves the same players as the current conundrum. As Blume fans have come to expect, no matter how tantalizing the mystery, dedicated Molly always finds time to celebrate her faith and visit with her family. This time she also takes an opportunity to wrestle with the possibility that the new rabbi, who broke her heart when they were teens, is worthy of another chance. By the close, the villains, of course, come to light, but the romance with the rabbi, though promising, still isn't a done deal. Give this engaging mystery to patrons who like a milder sort of suspense, with ample religious context. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Sunday, July 13. 1:46 A.M. Near Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon. An unidentified woman in her twenties, wearing a nightgown, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left her unconscious and seriously injured. There were no witnesses."
So begins Blues in the Night, Agatha Award winner Rochelle Krich's first novel starring Molly Blume (shades of James Joyce's Ulysses), a 29-year-old, five-feet-four blonde divorcee who is a freelance reporter for Crime Sheet, a weekly Los Angeles tabloid.
A lovable character who is Modern Orthodox Jewish (an oxymoron?) by religion, Molly is not only a true-crime writer but also an amateur sleuth who wears short skirts, loves to play mah jongg, and, although not having a well-stocked frige, hordes a serious stash of junk food.
Intrigued by the newspaper snippet of the hit-and-run accident off Mulholland Drive, Molly visits the hospital and talks with 26-year-old Lenore Saunders, who is recovering from the trauma, but who remembers nothing of the accident. She does, however, whisper three names to Molly: Robbie, Max, and Nina.
The plot thickens when a nightshift nurse discovers Lenore's dead body, her wrists slit open. Was it suicide or murder?
Was Lenore an angel, a tragic figure who killed her infant son while suffering from a postpartum psychosis? Or was she a devil, a manipulative schemer who planned the murder even before Max was born.
Suspicious that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, Molly digs into the case and finds stubborn resistance from Lenore's mother, Betty Rowan; Lenore's ex-husband, Robbie Saunders; Lenore's best friend, Nina Weldon; and Lenore's shrink, the brilliant and ambitious Dr. Lawrence Korwin.
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In this story, Molly is intrigued by a report of a young woman who is the victim of a hit and run accident in the middle of the night that has left her unconscious and seriously injured.Most intriguing was the fact that she had been wearing a nightgown.
Molly is soon involved in Lenore Saunders story, even managing to get in to see her in the hospital, which results in her receiving a phone call from her later. But when Molly tries to see Lenore again, she is greeted with the news that the young woman is dead, an apparent suicide.
Investigating Lenore's life in order to determine if Lenore really did commit suicide, and if so, why, Molly interviews friends and relatives including Lenore's ex-husband Robbie. It's not long before she becomes fairly certain that Lenore was murdered and determines to find out by whom. I'm not going to say anything more about the plot for fear of committing a spoiler, but I'll add that there are plenty of twists and surprises in the intricate puzzle at the heart of this well-written, perfectly plotted mystery.
Ms Krich is a wonderful writer.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a good mystery wrapped up in good writing. The heroine, a free-lance true crime writer, gets interested in the report of an accident because her attention is caught by one... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003
I picked up Krich's Blues in the Night because I was interested in the depression theme and the Orthodox Jewish protagonist. I came away satisfied. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by Martha E. Crites
In line with Fertile Ground and Fair Game, among others, Rochelle Krich has once again created a wonderful protagonist. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by MSC
BLUES IN THE NIGHT is the first entry in a new series by Rochelle Krich. The protagonist, Molly Blume, writes true-crime books and works as a free-lance reporter who collects data... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by Susan Anderson
Molly Blume is a true crime writer and a freelance reporter on the crime scene. She assembles odd and unusual crimes for the local independent throwaway. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by Sally Fellows
No self-respecting mystery fan can afford to pass this one up. Rochelle Krich's writing is so fluid she carries you easily through the book from first page to last. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by Judith Rochelle
This was my first venture into the world of Rochelle Krich, and I wasn't terribly impressed. While the main character Molly Blume was likable enough, the plot was somewhat simple... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by C. S. MCBRIDE
There is nothing more I can say about this book. You must pick up a copy and see for yourself this excellent and enjoyable readPublished on Oct. 28 2002 by Amazon Customer