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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.
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...another cozy clone of the amateur lady sleuth genre that is as contrived as the titles in the series - Stabbing Stephanie, Icining Ivy etc.Published on March 23 2004
After reading this book, I read someone else describing another book by Evan Marshall as a "paint by numbers" attempt to imitate Sue Grafton. Read morePublished on July 16 2003
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. Read morePublished on April 1 2003
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! Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by Mary Jane Moss
Stabbing Stephanie was delightful. The main character is Jane, whose wicked wit is so entertaining and also real. Read morePublished on June 21 2001 by NJ Purchaser