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MURDER IS THE DEAL OF THE DAY Hardcover – Dec 28 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Dec 28 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312199287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312199289
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran anthologist, editor and author Randisi (the Nick Delvecchio series, etc.) teams up with Matthews, a poet and playwright, to create the appealing sleuthing duo of Gil and Claire Hunt. The St. Louis couple, each married for the second time, have found marital bliss and professional contentment, Gil as a bookstore owner and Claire as the host of a local home-shopping TV show. When a serial killer starts murdering women in the St. Louis area, leaving the victims "watching" a videotape of Claire's show, the police naturally want to question Claire. With the police making little headway on the case and one hard-nosed homicide detective fingering Claire as the primary suspect, Gil and Claire decide to take matters into their own hands. As they explore the victims' backgrounds, they are drawn into a world of gambling and shopping compulsions?and also of danger, particularly to Claire, who may become the killer's next target. While the potential for bibliomystery remains untapped despite Gil's profession, the TV business is convincingly detailed, the St. Louis setting is well drawn and the bantering interplay of Gil and Claire will leave readers looking forward to a sequel.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The victims have been smothered, their eyes propped open and carefully placed so it appears they are watching television. Each has a tape in their VCR containing a lengthy selection from a St. Louis home-shopping network featuring local celebrity Clare Hunt. St. Louis cops Jason Holliday and Myra Longfellow must determine if Hunt is the next victim, the killer, or a red herring. Clare and her husband, Gil, in the tradition of amateur detectives everywhere, ignore the warning to "stay clear of the investigation" and follow their own intuition, which leads to a surprising and exciting conclusion. Randisi is the prolific creator of at least three other well-received series characters: Miles Jacoby, Nick Delvecchio, and Joe Keogh. This collaboration with St. Louis author Matthews is pleasantly entertaining, with the St. Louis setting providing an almost small-town atmosphere. Gil and Clare Hunt aren't Nick and Nora Charles, but they're still fun Let's hope we see them again. Wes Lukowsky

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Format: Hardcover
St. Louis couple Gil and Claire Hunt have found happiness with one another after both suffered from failed marriages. Gil enjoys being the owner of a neighborhood bookstore while Claire loves hosting a local shopping show.
Their blissful existence is interrupted by a serial killer. The culprit murders women, leaving behind victims watching Claire's TV show. The police make no progress and begin to wonder if Claire or her spouse could be the murderer. Instead of waiting around for the law enforcement officials to either arrest or exonerate them, the Hunts go on the hunt for a killer, not realizing that they may have inadvertently placed Claire in the path of the murderer.
MURDER IS THE DEAL OF THE DAY is a top rate new entry for an exciting amateur sleuthing couple. The mystery is well designed and insight into the TV business adds just the right amount of background color. St. Louis comes alive, becoming more than a non-McDonald's arch and the Cardinals. This hopefully is the first collaboration in a series of mysteries by the newly formed team of Robert Randisi and Christine Matthews.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on March 11 1999
Format: Hardcover
Disappointingly mediocre. St. Louis deserves to be spotlighted much better than this. I read an interview with the authors, in which they claim that Gil & Claire are supposed to be modeled after Nick and Nora Charles of the classic Thin Man film series. Well, they're not even close. The dialogue is not terribly clever and the characters aren't very interesting. Plus halfway through the murderer is revealed and the book muddles itself into a standard woman-in-jeopardy climax. If not for the frequent and accurate descriptions of St. Louis and its neighborhoods I'm not sure I would have finished this slight mystery.
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By Pat Tracy on Aug. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
... and I can't believe that anyone didn't!!
It was a fun, sweet mystery, suspenseful, and SO full of love betweem the main characters, I nearly cried while reading .. even before the ending! <g>
(Yes, I'm a sucker for good romance in a good mystery!)
Pat, looking forward to MORE Gil & Claire adventures! :D
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Format: Hardcover
Needs fleshing out; characters seem stilted and lifeless (and I don't mean the victims). The protagonists have been compared to Nick and Nora Charles - not likely! They do not intrigue me in the least and as for the inane ending.... Not recommended.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This awesome amateur sleuth couple is the deal of the day Jan. 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
St. Louis couple Gil and Claire Hunt have found happiness with one another after both suffered from failed marriages. Gil enjoys being the owner of a neighborhood bookstore while Claire loves hosting a local shopping show.
Their blissful existence is interrupted by a serial killer. The culprit murders women, leaving behind victims watching Claire's TV show. The police make no progress and begin to wonder if Claire or her spouse could be the murderer. Instead of waiting around for the law enforcement officials to either arrest or exonerate them, the Hunts go on the hunt for a killer, not realizing that they may have inadvertently placed Claire in the path of the murderer.
MURDER IS THE DEAL OF THE DAY is a top rate new entry for an exciting amateur sleuthing couple. The mystery is well designed and insight into the TV business adds just the right amount of background color. St. Louis comes alive, becoming more than a non-McDonald's arch and the Cardinals. This hopefully is the first collaboration in a series of mysteries by the newly formed team of Robert Randisi and Christine Matthews.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I *loved* this book!. Aug. 17 2003
By Pat Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
... and I can't believe that anyone didn't!!
It was a fun, sweet mystery, suspenseful, and SO full of love betweem the main characters, I nearly cried while reading .. even before the ending! <g>
(Yes, I'm a sucker for good romance in a good mystery!)
Pat, looking forward to MORE Gil & Claire adventures! :D
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
St. Louis deserves better March 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Disappointingly mediocre. St. Louis deserves to be spotlighted much better than this. I read an interview with the authors, in which they claim that Gil & Claire are supposed to be modeled after Nick and Nora Charles of the classic Thin Man film series. Well, they're not even close. The dialogue is not terribly clever and the characters aren't very interesting. Plus halfway through the murderer is revealed and the book muddles itself into a standard woman-in-jeopardy climax. If not for the frequent and accurate descriptions of St. Louis and its neighborhoods I'm not sure I would have finished this slight mystery.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your money July 5 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has no suspense, the dialogue is trite, and the killer is obvious.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Your best bet for a deal is to avoid this one! Oct. 25 2000
By heyjude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Needs fleshing out; characters seem stilted and lifeless (and I don't mean the victims). The protagonists have been compared to Nick and Nora Charles - not likely! They do not intrigue me in the least and as for the inane ending.... Not recommended.


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