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Stabbing Stephanie [Mass Market Paperback]

Evan Marshall
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From Publishers Weekly

In another delightful cozy (after 2000's Hanging Hannah), Jane Stuart and her tortoiseshell cat, Winky, are back just in time for a light spring read. After three years of adjusting to her husband Kenneth's death, raising son Nick as a single mom, and building her literary agency, Jane has finally decided to take a vacation. The anticipatory joy of thinking about white sandy beaches is cut short by the arrival of Kenneth's arrogant and snobbish cousin, Stephanie, who announces that she's moving to Jane's small town of Shady Hills, N.J., to work for her Wellesley roommate, Faith Carson. Faith and her husband, Gavin Hart, have relocated their publishing company to Shady Hills. The illustrious Faith, whose fairy-tale first marriage to Prince Ravi of Ananda ended with his tragic assassination, is the talk of the town. Stephanie, however, suspecting something is amiss at Carson and Hart, asks Jane to go undercover to see what she can find out. Jane unearths more than she bargains for as events in Shady Hills escalate from burglary to murder, and Stephanie becomes one of the victims. With the support of her boyfriend, police inspector Stanley Greenberg, and some help from Winky, Jane gets some answers in a startling conclusion. In addition to a congenial cast of diverse characters, a realistic heroine with a vivid sense of humor and a lovable cat, Marshall offers provocative insights into the world of literary agents and vanity publishing.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Just what the world needs... March 23 2004
By A Customer
...another cozy clone of the amateur lady sleuth genre that is as contrived as the titles in the series - Stabbing Stephanie, Icining Ivy etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stabbing Stephanie July 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Probably most famous for his helpful book, The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, Mr. Marshall has also created a very enjoyable series featuring Jane Stuart and her cat, Winky. These characters were first introduced in Missing Marlene, which was followed by Hanging Hannah. As this is the third in the series with a forth novel, Icing Ivy due in November, it isn't possible to review this novel without giving away some background detail. In you have not read the series, I would encourage you to skip this review and instead read the books in order, as you won't be disappointed.
As this novel opens, Jane Stuart is exhausted. Her literary agency is still struggling but seems to have turned the corner financially speaking. Because of the events in the two previous novels as well as the simple strain of being a widow with a small child as well as running a business she needs a vacation. The problem is that Thanksgiving is just a few days away and she plans to be gone by then and still has not decided what sun drenched island she is going to. Not only is the cold weather of winter blowing into New Jersey, but so too is cousin by marriage, Stephanie.
Stephanie was related to Kenneth, (Jane's deceased husband) so she feels a tremendous obligation when Stephanie calls her. Stephanie is moving to the same village as Jane Stuart, Shady Hills. She is moving from Boston after she lost her job there to join a publishing company that also happens to be moving to Shady Hills at the same time. Carson and Hart happens to be run by a quite famous now college roommate of Stephanie's who has helped her out by hiring her. But she needs a place to stay temporarily while she looks for a place of her own and with much reluctance; Jane finally agrees that she can move in with her.
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1.0 out of 5 stars cozy kitch July 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading this book, I read someone else describing another book by Evan Marshall as a "paint by numbers" attempt to imitate Sue Grafton. This book falls into the same category.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sad book, poor mystery April 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very disappointed with this novel. Mr. Marshall is a well respected agent, with a popular book on writing novels, which he should have used while writing this book. The dialogue is poor and unrealistic, he blatantly uses the Kennedy assasination and Jackie Kennedy's actions without even trying to disguise it. Jane was boring, annoying and it was hard to believe that she and Stan were really a couple. The paranormal aspects came out of nowhere. It was an interesting premise but not carried through in the execution. By the way, the back cover copy description of the book wasn't even accurate. I'm glad I didn't waste my money but took it out of the library instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Light Mystery! May 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book at my local library on the "new" shelf. Looked interesting with a cat involved. I could not put the book down! It was very easy to read, kept me entertained and made me want to read more by Evan Marshall. I then read the "Hanging Hannah" and "Missing Marlene". Now, Mr. Marshall just needs to write another one. The novels are about a literary agent widowed mom with a child, in a small town in New York. Her husband has recently tragically died and she is running the agency with her assistant and trying to get on with her life. She has an uncanny knack for solving mysteries and gets involved with her nanny, neighbors and eventually figures out the mystery. Her son's cat, Winky, always unsuspecting, helps solve the mystery. A great entertaining book.
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