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TELL NO TALES [Hardcover]

Bland Bland
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Jan. 28 1999
Eleanor Taylor Bland has become one of the top mystery writers on today's crowded shelves, thanks to the appeal and originality of her lead character, African-American police detective Marti MacAlister, and the depth of Bland's gracefully written--and utterly believable--stories. In this new book, Bland's seventh, Marti's partner, Matthew Jessenovik--Vik--interrupts Marti's honeymoon when the estranged, mentally ill son of one of Chicago's wealthier families is found dead in his run-down Lincoln Prairie basement apartment. Who could have cared enough to bash in the head of a man who lived alone and kept completely to himself?

But at least that murder victim has a name. For this unlikely detecting team must also look into the discovery of a mummy in the closet of a long-shuttered historic theater. Who was the woman, and when and how did she die? The clues they have to go on are few and far between, and the town's secrets seem to be as closely guarded as the boarded-up building--there's no telling what a little light on the subject will show.

And if these high-pressure cases didn't put enough of a strain on their partnership, both cops are confronting problems at home as well. Marti, her new husband Ben, and their children must grapple with the uneasy transition to being a family, while Vik must face his wife's deteriorating health after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Times are tough for Marti and Vik, and it makes for Bland's best novel to date.

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African-American police detective Marti MacAlister and her Polish-American partner, Vic, turn introspective in the seventh volume of Bland's popular series (See No Evil, etc.). Both Chicago detectives are intrigued when the mummified corpse of a pregnant African-American female is found in an abandoned downtown theater. After Barnabas Cheney, the wealthy theater owner's mentally disturbed son, is killed in another downtown building, Marti and Vic suspect his murder may be related to the petrified body. Working with few clues (a missing picture in an antique frame, a Swiss pocket watch), the seasoned officers begin what looks to be a routine investigation?only each promising lead winds up a dead end. Not until they start delving into Barnabas's past do Marti and Vic find a connection between the mummy and Vic's old police mentor, Curly. The discovery of Curly's possible corruption places a wedge between the partners, who are already stretched by their personal lives: Marti is having difficulty adjusting to her recent marriage and Vic's wife is suffering from a vicious flare-up of multiple sclerosis. Bland again engages the reader on many levels as Marti and Vic reevaluate their partnership while solving the case that could divide them forever. Agent, Ted Chichak. Author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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African American police detective Marti MacAlister (See No Evil, LJ 1/98) and partner Vik juggle two murder cases and troubles at home. Marti, married at last, faces stepfamily problems, while Vik must reconcile himself to his wife's medical diagnosis. Sure to be popular with fans.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars SECRETS UNCOVERED Feb. 13 2001
A body of an eccentric derelict is found in a basement apartment. Newly-wed Marti's brief honeymoon is interrupted to investigate the case. Vik, her partner is also aroused from his duty in caring for his wife with multiple sclerosis. Neither detective is a happy camper in coming into work. Hours later they get another call. This time a mummified body is found in a boarded up theatre. What more can happen?
Marti and Vik find themselves caught up in a mystery that tests their partnership, strains their family relationships and forces Vik to re-examine his hero worship of Curly Smith, a man who was like a second father to him. At first glance the two bodies have nothing to do with one another but as these detectives plow through the facts, secrets are uncovered.
Join these two as they unravel a mystery containing many actors spread over three decades. Watch Marti as she attempts to understand the social and political mores of the times that led to the murder of the mummy. Explore Vik's feelings concerning his father, his uncritical love for Curly and his guilt over his wife's illness.
Tell no Tales weaves an intricate web of emotions, politics, wealth, prejudice and failed justice that grabs the reader and has you wondering just how things will turn out. Bland does a good job in putting us in the detectives' shoes in exploring all aspects of the two cases which don't seem to be inter-related. You won't be able to put this tale down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a bland police procedural Jan. 29 1999
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Chicago police detectives Marti MacAlister and her partner Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik struggle to keep their law enforcement work from interceding with their personal lives at a time both deal with radical change. The newly married Marti works on establishing a cohesive family relationship with her new husband Ben and their children. Simultaneously, Vik deals with the muscular deterioration caused by a horrific attack of multiple sclerosis on his suffering spouse Mildred. However, two corpses appear, forcing Marti and Vik to dive head first into their professional lives.
The body of an unidentified mummified woman was found in an abandoned theater owned by the wealthy Cheney family. The second deceased person turns out to be Barnabas Cheney, a mentally disturbed individual. Someone murdered both victims with the only link being Barnabas. As Marti and Vik investigate, clues seem to take them no where until they find a link to Vik's police mentor and hero, former detective Curly Smith, an item threatens to split the team apart.
The seventh novel in the MacAlister-Jessenovik police procedural continues the tradition of multilevel story lines blending into a wonderful novel. The main plot evolves around the murder investigation. However, the secondary plots bring much personal depth including the schism between the former tightly unified detective team. It is the secondary tales that make TELL NO TALES and the fabulous
previous books into one of the best representatives of the sub-genre. No one comes away from an Eleanor Taylor Bland reading experience feeling that they tasted a bland novel because of the varying complexities that ultimately flow into an entertaining book.

Harriet Klausner
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I enjoy Bland's mysteries. I have read all of them and each one is better than the last. The characters are becoming more alive with each mystery. I hope Vic and Marti stay partners. Sorry Vic's idol had to fall, but such is life. I also hope Grandma stays! The marriage will work also, I can just feel it. See, I feel as though I know all the people personally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another of Bland's Compelling Mysteries June 28 2000
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"Tell No Tales" is the 4th book of Eleanor Taylor Bland's that I've read.Although I began to guess who the killer was from her excellent foreshadowing, the suspense and complexity of the plot kept me from putting the book down.She draws such realistic, multidimensional characters that one hates to leave them at the end of the tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From "The Washington Post": May 29 1999
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"The author deftly builds suspense and tension as Marti gets close to some awful truths that will bring death too near. When the curtain falls, all the important players are in place and the audience is ready to applaud."
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