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When Wallflowers Die: A Phoebe Siegel Mystery [Hardcover]

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Sept. 17 2004
The latest offering from the author of By Evil Means exposes the underbelly of Montana politics, as Phoebe Siegel investigates the 25-year-old murder of the wife of a man now running for the Senate. "Phoebe Siegel can stand beside the likes of Kinsey Millhone and Sharon McCone in her irresistible appeal to readers."--Les Roberts, The Plain Dealer.

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She's feisty, independent and aggressive, and in her third appearance (after By Evil Means) Phoebe Siegel, a Billings, Mont., PI, is the driving force in a mystery that never lets up. Potential gubernatorial candidate Bob Maitland has asked Phoebe to look into the 25-year-old unsolved murder of his wife, heiress Ellen Dahl Maitland. Phoebe, often uncannily prescient, correctly assumes that the glib and opportunistic pol has another agenda and, instead, agrees to help an impoverished parolee, Frank Chillman, whose sister, a prostitute, had been bludgeoned to death 24 hours after Ellen was murdered. Frank is convinced that the two killings are connected. Unfortunately, he's murdered before he can speak further with Phoebe. But Phoebe, with grit and considerable courage (she barely escapes several murder attempts), pieces together a string of pungent interviews that suggest a long-lived and sinister conspiracy. Her wide circle of friends (Maggie, an earthy lawyer; deputy sheriff Kyle Old Wolf, an intriguing romantic prospect; Dougie, a repellent but valuable snitch) are energetic and vividly portrayed. Her fractious but caring Catholic-Jewish family fills her with just the right amount of guilt. This mystery, nicely balanced between wit and terror, owes much to its outspoken heroine, whose motto, "Investigations with an Attitude," says it all. Mystery Guild featured alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Approached by a well-known gubernatorial candidate-to-be, series sleuth Phoebe Siegel, last seen in The Killing of Mandy Brown (LJ 4/1/94), considers investigating the years-old unsolved murder of the man's errant heiress wife. She soon uncovers ties to another murder. Sudden violence follows each discovery, especially when Phoebe pursues the political angle. Well-written prose, surprising complications, and a tough heroine in tough terrain. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format:Paperback
The synopsis of this book does not do it justice. I will admit that I was a bit hesitant about buying this book based on the synopsis, but I am so glad I have now disovered Sandra West Prowell and Phoebe Siegel! They have brought me many enojoyable hours and my only regrete is that I did not find Ms. Prowell sooner!
Not only is this a good mystery, but Ms. Prowell adds enough detail of the people, surroundings, and action to make the story come alive.
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Format:Hardcover
I have read all of the Phoebe Siegel books that I can find. I am from Billings, Montana, currently living in the Kansas City area and these books take me home. I have been to all of the places described and that makes the stories all the more exciting and enjoyable to me.
Phoebe is the kind of woman PI I like - comparable to Milhone, Warshawski, and McCone. Keep the great stories coming - I need to get my Montana fix on a monthly basis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, Present-Day Mystery Keeps You Wanting More July 26 2003
By Pamela
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the best books that I've read in a year. It raises the bar for mystery writers. Although you will have to read about four or five chapters before the suspense takes off, the writing is good enough to pull you through the beginning. The characters are three-dimensional, description is rich, and the plot takes you decades into an established, fleshed out past. "When Wallflowers Die" is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, Present-Day Mystery Keeps You Wanting More July 26 2003
By Pamela
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the best books that I've read in a year. It raises the bar for mystery writers. Although you will have to read about four or five chapters before the suspense takes off, the writing is good enough to pull you through the beginning. The characters are three-dimensional, description is rich, and the plot takes you decades into an established, fleshed out past. "When Wallflowers Die" is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She knows her turf March 9 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Sandra West Prowell's Montana mysteries are rooted in Montana's unique culture. With wit and verve, she writes these very readable mysteries that have endeared Prowell and her engaging sleuth, Phoebe Siegel, to many people nationwide.
She makes a valuable contribution to the mystery scene, using unique Montana settings.
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