Double Cross

Double Cross

by Barbara Taylor McCafferty, Kensington Publishing Corporation Staff
     
 

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The irrepressible twins are back, as Bert and Nan find a dark double meaning in "a killer day at work". The intrepid pair are tracking a culprit who killed Bert's boss. Redoubling their efforts, they find themselves face to face with a murderer who won't think twice about killing again--and again.

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The irrepressible twins are back, as Bert and Nan find a dark double meaning in "a killer day at work". The intrepid pair are tracking a culprit who killed Bert's boss. Redoubling their efforts, they find themselves face to face with a murderer who won't think twice about killing again--and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twin authors McCafferty and Taylor are clearly not worried that the well of their well-worn trick will run dry. The third installment in their breezy series (after Double Exposure and Double Murder) featuring the twin amateur detecting duo of Nan and Bert Tatum leaves no opportunity for doubletalk unexploited. Named for the Bobbsey twins, the Tatum sisters once again use their identical looks to solve murder. Bert, secretary to overbearing attorney Stephanie Whitman, asks Nan, a radio deejay, to fill in so she can attend a job interview. The reluctant Nan literally runs into a man fleeing after he has apparently broken into the law office. When Stephanie is later found murdered, police suspect the two incidents are related. Knowing that Stephanie had been a successful divorce attorney who extracted huge settlements from adulterous husbands, Nan and Bert are surprised to discover taped conversations in which Stephanie propositions these same men, clearly a set-up that provides an apparent motive for murder. McCafferty and Herald alternate using Nan and Bert as first-person narrators, which can be a bit confusing, but the prose is airy and entertaining. A subplot in which Bert agonizes over her relationship with Detective Hank Goetzmann, formerly Nan's boyfriend, further tightens the sisters' bonds of intimacy and heaps on another helping of cuteness. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Identical twins Bertrice "Bert" and Nan find double trouble when Nan "fills in" for Bert at work on Saturday. Nan glimpses an apparent robber, but police naturally ask Bert to identify the man in a line-up. When both twins investigate the subsequent murder of Bert's duplicitous boss, a successful female divorce attorney, they receive vicious threats. The use of twins as alternating narrators, the humorous differences in their attitudes, and the police detective boyfriend they seem to have in common should keep reader interest high. From the twin authors of Double Exposure (Kensington, 1997).
Kirkus Reviews
"Bert, the last time we switched, somebody died," Nan Tatum tells the twin who asks her to fill in as Stephanie Whitman's Girl Friday for just one Saturday. But Bert is so desperate to go to a job interview that might rescue her from her harpy of a boss that she insists. So Nan agrees to cover for her sister, arriving at work just in time to get knocked down, in the story's best-judged anticlimax, by a well-dressed fugitive who's merely broken into the office and burgled it. It's not until Monday night that Stephanie's murdered, and by that time, McCafferty and Herald have already gotten all the mileage they're ever going to get out of Bert's awkwardness in having to describe and identify a perp she never saw. Instead, the sisters blunder into a scam involving the late Stephanie's uniquely hardball approach to her divorce practiceþa scam most likely to beguile readers who don't know very much about the rules of evidence concerning tape-recordings brought to court. In between the twins' gamely implausible visits to Stephanie's clients and their outraged exes, chaste Bert agonizes about whether it's time, or whether it'll ever be time, for her to consummate her romance with Louisville Homicide Det. Hank Goetzmann, who had a lot less trouble persuading Nan before he took up with her sister. The twins' third (Double Exposure, 1997, etc.) offers more gently reliable good humor virtually undisturbed by the rudimentary mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575665115
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
Bert and Nan Tatum Mystery Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.92(h) x 0.73(d)

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