Eaton serves up enough curveballs to make the mystery admirably complicated, but there aren’t as many giggles as in his...


Balancing the books takes second place to a murder investigation.

Phee Kimball is the accountant for Williams Investigations. Her boss, Nate Williams, is a former Minnesota police detective; his assistant, Phee’s boyfriend, Marshall, is another refugee from the frozen north. The upside of living in the Phoenix area is the warm, sunny weather; the downside is proximity to Phee’s mother, Harriet, who lives in Sun City West with a neurotic Chiweenie and is surrounded by a bunch of daffy friends. Although the murder cases her mother dragged her into (Staged 4 Murder, 2018, etc.) have revealed Phee’s gift for detection, she’s not thrilled when another problem comes up. It seems that Sun City West resident Sorrel Harlan is in favor of turning two of the golf courses into eco-friendly parks everyone can use. Most of the residents are horrified, since the place is a golf community, and nongolfers are worried about property values. Following threats hurled at a contentious meeting, the board decides to consider the proposal and vote in a month. Harriet’s friend Myrna is so bad at bocce ball that she’s ready to believe she’s killed someone on the nearby golf course with a wild throw. The deceased is, of course, Sorrel, who has an arrow through her neck and legions of people angry with her. The list of suspects is so long that the police hire Williams Investigations to help, and Phee, egged on by her mother and her friends, can’t resist using her connections to snoop around. Although the residents are all suspects, Sorrel had a number of other activities that may have made her enemies, and there’s always the husband. Even though Marshall constantly warns her to be careful, Phee can’t stop sleuthing, and her investigation leads to clues that may be the death of her.

Eaton serves up enough curveballs to make the mystery admirably complicated, but there aren’t as many giggles as in his heroine’s last case.

Pub Date: Dec. 18, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4967-1988-1

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: Oct. 2, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2018

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One of her best. Poirot, again on vacation, falls foul of a murder on board a Nile river steamer, followed by two successive murders, obviously connected. A sophisticated group, an ingenious plot, clever deduction, swift-paced narrative. A little romance on the side lends glamour. First rate entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 8, 1938

ISBN: 0062073559

Page Count: 354

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1938

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Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how...

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A convicted killer’s list of five people he wants dead runs the gamut from the wife he’s already had murdered to franchise heroine Ali Reynolds.

Back in the day, women came from all over to consult Santa Clarita fertility specialist Dr. Edward Gilchrist. Many of them left his care happily pregnant, never dreaming that the father of the babies they carried was none other than the physician himself, who donated his own sperm rather than that of the handsome, athletic, disease-free men pictured in his scrapbook. When Alexandra Munsey’s son, Evan, is laid low by the kidney disease he’s inherited from his biological father and she returns to Gilchrist in search of the donor’s medical records, the roof begins to fall in on him. By the time it’s done falling, he’s serving a life sentence in Folsom Prison for commissioning the death of his wife, Dawn, the former nurse and sometime egg donor who’d turned on him. With nothing left to lose, Gilchrist tattoos himself with the initials of five people he blames for his fall: Dawn; Leo Manuel Aurelio, the hit man he’d hired to dispose of her; Kaitlyn Todd, the nurse/receptionist who took Dawn’s place; Alex Munsey, whose search for records upset his apple cart; and Ali Reynolds, the TV reporter who’d helped put Alex in touch with the dozen other women who formed the Progeny Project because their children looked just like hers. No matter that Ali’s been out of both California and the news business for years; Gilchrist and his enablers know that revenge can’t possibly be served too cold. Wonder how far down that list they’ll get before Ali, aided once more by Frigg, the methodical but loose-cannon AI first introduced in Duel to the Death (2018), turns on them?

Proficient but eminently predictable. Amid all the time shifts and embedded backstories, the most surprising feature is how little the boundary-challenged AI, who gets into the case more or less inadvertently, differs from your standard human sidekick with issues.

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5101-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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