Stabbing Stephanie: A Jane Stuart and Winky Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2002
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Stabbing Stephanie is the third entry in the delightful cozy series starring Jane Stuart and her cat Winky (See, Missing Marlene and Hanging Hannah). Evan Marshall has a deft hand with dialogue, and his inside look at the life of agents and editors makes for very entertaining reading, indeed. Jane herself is charming, as are her somewhat eccentric neighbors. The small town ambience adds to the intimate feel of the book, and you'll be rooting for Jane every step of the way. If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of Jane, Winky and the inhabitants of Shady Hills, New Jersey, by all means do so. You won't be disappointed.
--Claire E. White
Soon however events spiral in a way jolts Jane completely. First there is another break-in. This time however, there is an eye witness: the housekeeper observes the whole crime, and not only got a good look at the burglar but also who commissioned the crime. But because she is an illegal alien, she tells the police nothing, choosing instead to confide in Jane's housekeeper, Florence. Florence and Jane try to convince the woman to talk to the police, but even before they can make any headway, the housekeeper is murdered.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
...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