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An all-star lineup of 13 women mystery authors has produced one madcap, murderous tale in the same serial fashion as Naked Came the Manatee (1996). To some extent, position determines each contributor's role, but each author has ample opportunity to display her unique talents. Nevada Barr, who leads off, deserves credit for introducing heroine Caroline Blessing; her surprising mother, Hilda Finch; and several more of the zany inhabitants of Phoenix Spa, snuggled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. J.D. Robb, in the number two spot, wastes no time shifting the plot into gear with the murder of the spa's flamboyant owner, Claudia de Vries. Those who follow (Nancy Pickard, Lisa Scottoline, Perri O'Shaughnessy, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Mary Jane Clark, Marcia Talley, Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon and Val McDermid) each get a crack at muddying the waters or putting a new spin on an already dizzy character or in some cases, adding a new victim to the growing pile. Lucky 13 Laurie King dazzles by weaving a prettily finished quilt from the motley patches created by her comrades. Readers will relish the resulting comic soap-opera murder mystery, taking especial pleasure in watching these pros deftly recast a scene, a clue or a character to keep the story rollicking along. (Aug. 13)Forecast: Together these women command a huge fan base, and if enough of them are willing to promote, this collaborative effort could rack up strong sales.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Picture a gaggle of glamorous and formerly glamorous characters at an exclusive spa in Virginia. Two of them, pretty protagonist Caroline, wife of a freshman congressman, and her newly widowed mother, Hilda, discover the body of the spa's owner shortly after their arrival. It soon transpires that all the suspectsanorexic model, alcoholic film producer, aging rock star, etc.were invited to the spa for reasons known only to the dead owner and that all, save Caroline, have motives. With slightly exaggerated details, soap opera chapter endings, shifting focus, stereotypes, and classic situationsall a bit tongue-in-cheekthis collaborative effort by Nevada Barr, Anne Perry, Laurie King, and others provides steady diversion.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As a mystery lover, I laughed and marveled at this serial mystery because I could never predict what would happen page to page or chapter to chapter. Read morePublished on July 8 2003
When I saw this book on the bookshelf, I stopped to look at it because I'd read Naked Came the Manatee. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Monica Wanat
This was a very entertaining story. Until the end of the story, the reader does not really know who the good or bad guys are. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2002
To pay homage to the ensemble of sleuths including Agatha Christie whose combined efforts made mystery novel The Floating Admiral realized in the 1930s, editor Marcia Talley gamely... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by Desmond Chan
Just finished this book in one sitting. This is one of those cold Sunday morning's that are just perfect for getting cozy and reading a good book. Read morePublished on March 10 2002
A senator's wife and her mother go to an exclusive spa to try to relax. They meet several celebrities, which include a model, a movie star and an aging rock star. Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed all of J.D. Robb's books and I was looking forward to sampling some of the other authors' writing. However, it was difficult to enjoy this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001
I enjoyed "Naked Came the Manatee" so much that I couldn't resist giving "Naked Came the Phoenix" a try. Unlike so many others, I was NOT disappointed. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001 by Bettye McKee
Caroline Blessing thought that maybe a two week stay at the exclusive, Phoenix Spa, in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, was just what she and her newly widowed mother, Hilda Finch,... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Roz Levine