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Hubbert & Lil [Mass Market Paperback]

Gallagher Gray
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March 22 1993
Who knifed Sterling & Sterling partner Robert Cheswick and left him in the Partners' Room with his fly open?
Retired personnel manager T.S. Hubbert, hauled back to the office to field the press, cannot resist the challenge of this scandalous mystery. While the police focus on a possible insider-trading connection, Hubbert, strongly coached by his feisty eighty-four-year-old Auntie Lil, explores the personal angle. Lil insists the killer is a woman. Certainly the bank has its share of lethal ladies on staff -- not to mention Cheswick's elegant, ungrieving widow. Together Hubbert and Lil follow their hunches far afield, through deep secrets and more encounters with death. . . .
"Deftly plotted and well-paced . . . Two wonderful sleuths made their debut." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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From Publishers Weekly

In this surprise-filled debut, T. S. Hubbert, recently retired personnel manager at a prestigious Wall Street bank, doesn't even have time to sleep off his farewell party hangover before his frantic former boss is on the phone. An executive at Sterling & Sterling has been stabbed to death, and T.S. must deal with press and public. Dismayed by the police lieutenant's tunnel vision, T.S. and his sleuthing sidekick, 84-year-old Auntie Lil, conduct their own investigation of this and two subsequent VIP murders. Sterling & Sterling is no unbesmirched institution, and the two energetic retirees discover ugly skeletons in the corporate closet. Shaky grammar and spotty characterization--while Auntie Lil is a delightfully feisty "snoop sister," the portrait of T.S. lacks focus and credibility--weaken the superior plot in this first of projected series by a pseudonymous former employee of a Wall Street firm.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The forced-humor debut of T.S. Hubbert, a newly retired personnel director, and his octogenarian, quaintly bizarre Auntie Lil--the two of whom, archly analyzing the clues, unravel the murders connected with the stodgy, genteelly posh private bank Sterling & Sterling. The first murder, of unlikable partner Robert Cheswick, finds the victim with his fly undone and his old paperweight missing; the next finds another partner dead on his boat, fly undone, with a pitcher of margaritas nearby, and a new trinket he'd purchased missing; and the third death finds the treasurer at his country house, fly flapping open, and a book of his ``borrowed.'' As T.S. and Lil wrestle with the something old, something new, something borrowed, etc., refrain, they dredge up an old Sterling & Sterling scandal: gang rape on a naive, young secretary that led to illegitimacy and dishonor. Will T.S. and Lil find the murderer before ``something blue'' pops up? You betcha, but not before many wretchedly improbable conversations with cops, staff members, and each other. First in what has the look of being a stilted, amateurish series. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars First novel a cosy with attitude April 4 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before she turned hardboiled, Katy Munger [author of the Casey Jones series] created cosy crime-solvers T.S. Hubbert and his sharp-witted 84-year old aunt Lil. He's a retired personnel manager and she's a retired seamstress. T.S. awakes on the first morning of his retirement from Sterling & Sterling to the ringing of a phone, "Brenda's giant backside" in his face. The trademark Munger sassiness has taken to the page. When murder reveals the investment bank can't save itself without him, T.S. steps in to manage the cast of grumpy old men, grumpy cops, grumpy secretaries, while Auntie, who recognizes a pattern when she sees one, teaches him a little something about reading. Although the red herrings may be obvious even for red herrings and the outcome the stuff of soap opera, from cat rump to solved crime this cosy-with-attitude is fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars First novel a cosy with attitude April 4 2000
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Before she turned hardboiled, Katy Munger [author of the Casey Jones series] created cosy crime-solvers T.S. Hubbert and his sharp-witted 84-year old aunt Lil. He's a retired personnel manager and she's a retired seamstress. T.S. awakes on the first morning of his retirement from Sterling & Sterling to the ringing of a phone, "Brenda's giant backside" in his face. The trademark Munger sassiness has taken to the page. When murder reveals the investment bank can't save itself without him, T.S. steps in to manage the cast of grumpy old men, grumpy cops, grumpy secretaries, while Auntie, who recognizes a pattern when she sees one, teaches him a little something about reading. Although the red herrings may be obvious even for red herrings and the outcome the stuff of soap opera, from cat rump to solved crime this cosy-with-attitude is fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! June 10 2012
By barbara silkstone - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book as much as Partners in Crime. Just enough quirk to tickle the funny bone. T.S. and his Auntie Lil are a perfect crime-solving duo. A bachelor Human Resources Director and his eighty-four year old aunt. The funniest thing is that it makes perfect sense for them to be investigating corporate murders on Wall Street. How this dynamic team go about their crime solving had me in stitches. This is subtle humor...not belly-laughs but quiet chuckles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable June 3 2012
By Y. Castillo - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this well enough that I will read the other books in the series. No explicit language, although there was a little "cussing" here and there. A believable main character who was drawn in with a believable reason. I enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable who-done-it April 15 2014
By J. A. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading "Partners in Crime" and often couldn't wait to go read the next part; easy and enjoyable read. The main character is realistic in his human observations and flaws. I liked how this was a 'grown-up' story without being salacious.

T.S. Hubbert is called back to work the day after his retirement from a prestigious 'old boys club' bank when a partner is murdered. Together with his beloved Auntie Lil they uncover long hidden secrets that jeopardize the reputation of the old bank. All the while, T.S. examines his relationship to each of the people in his life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Partners in chrime ( Hubbert $ Lil) April 2 2013
By Barara Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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enjoyed very much a good book for a rainey day, that will keep you totally entertained. exciting, need more books with those (2) !
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