Dead Certain Paperback – Nov 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
In her fifth appearance, Det. Insp. Carol Ashton investigates the death of Collis Raeburn, "Australia's Pavarotti." Found in a Sydney hotel room, Collis appears to have committed suicide, but to Carol his death "looks staged." Suspects are copious: Kenneth Raeburn, Collis's father and manager, denies that his son was HIV-positive, despite evidence to the contrary. Collis's sister, Nicole, was fiercely--perhaps incestuously--devoted to him. The singer's life befitted grand opera: he had contentious relationships (on and off stage) with sopranos Alanna Brooks and Corinne Jawalski; he may have been about to bail out of a new opera composed by Graeme Welton and produced by Edward Livingston; and he doomed rival tenor Lloyd Clancy to second place. It is doubly tough for Carol to sort through Collis's life when her own is on the rocks: her lover, Sybil Quade, has moved out, and an anonymous caller is threatening to expose Carol as a lesbian. Still, with the able assistance of Det. Sgt. Mark Bourke and Cons. Anne Newsome, Carol works her way through the lies and smokescreens McNab ( Cop Out ) sends up in her path in this well-constructed mystery.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Transplanted Aussie Claire McNab moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago. As a stranger, she found living in America at times startling and puzzling, but often delightful. She has taken these experiences and woven them into her Kylie Kendall comedic mystery series. Kylie arrives direct from the outback of Australia determined to become an LA private eye. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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If you want to have a fun time this summer, get this series from the beginning (they are all numbered) and read them all. I love it and have fond memories of reading each one.