Hubbert & Lil Mass Market Paperback – Mar 22 1993
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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.
From Kirkus Reviews
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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I found "Partners in Crime" enjoyable and it definitely kept my interest. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoyed "Murder She Wrote". Auntie Lil reminded me of Angela Lansbury's character and I loved the descriptions of her hats. I will probably be reading the other books in the Hubbert & Lil series.
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.