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Fadeaway Girl (Emma Graham Series #4)
     

Fadeaway Girl (Emma Graham Series #4)

3.3 19
by Martha Grimes
 

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For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma.

Overview

For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma. And with the arrival of an unexpected visitor and a drifter, it looks like the bad times have only begun...

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
…Emma uses sheer cunning and devious methods of interrogation to pry information from the colorful characters she finds at well-trafficked spots like the Rainbow Cafe. They all quicken to life under Grimes's Dickensian touch, but none more so than Emma. She may keep losing herself in the past, but she's far too vital to fade away.
—The New York Times
Kirkus Reviews

The latest installment in the endless carnival of crime at sleepy La Porte, Md., involves still another return to the storied past.

Now that she's untangled the mystery of exactly which members of the Queen family killed which other members (Cold Flat Junction, 2001), Belle Ruin waitress/cub reporter Emma Graham, 12, is confronted by an even more vexing case: the disappearance 20 years ago of Baby Fay from the loving embrace of Morris and Imogen Slade. Or not exactly, since the infant was being minded, not very vigilantly, by babysitter Gloria Spiker, who returned from an extended phone conversation with Prunella Rice to find her charge gone. The setup echoed that of the famous Lindbergh kidnapping, right down to the telltale ladder, but there was never a ransom demand, and never a sign of Baby Fay since then. Rumor has long maintained that Imogen's father, Lucien Woodruff, kept the police investigation at bay for the first crucial hours, presumably in order to conceal some family secret. Now Emma, provoked alike by kleptomaniac spinster Isabel Barnett's claim to have seen Baby Fay after the abduction and the recent return of Morris Slade to town, is determined to get at the truth. Other 12-year-olds would be daunted, but Emma, who's already confronted armed killers and survived her brother's production of Medea, the Musical, methodically begins interviewing possible suspects, who just happen to be her friends and neighbors, and pondering possibilities. Is Baby Fay still alive, or was she killed in the course of the kidnapping, like the Lindbergh child? Did the kidnappers somehow lose her? Was she a changeling whose fate was intertwined with that of some other baby, or a hallucination of Isabel Barnett's? Was there a conspiracy to cover up the real facts of her disappearance? In fact, how many people actually saw her at Belle Ruin?

Emma is as enchanting as the eccentric cast of her hometown.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101475638
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/03/2011
Series:
Emma Graham Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
265,463
File size:
496 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
Website:
http://www.marthagrimes.com

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Fadeaway Girl (Emma Graham Series #4) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the third (or possibly fourth) book in the Emma Graham/Hotel Paradise series. It's also the most annoying and improbable. The book is peopled with unlikeable characters doing things that could never actually happen, in an area of Maryland that (to my knowledge) has never been much of anything, let alone a summer resort, a la the Poconos or the Hamptons. Emma is precocious to the point of being obnoxious, and the "pranks" she so loves inflicting on people, including an elderly guest, border on the psychpathic. Truly, she is not lovable, not believable, and not even plausible. If she were a real person, she would need serious.psychiatric intervention. Of course, so would many of the other.characters, including.the infamous "Ree-Jane." For a 12-year-old, Emma has a lack of supervision that borders on neglect, and yet none of the other adults in her life see fit to do anything about it. I gave this book one star because it isn't possible to give halves. I'm curious to see if this review actually gets posted, as there used to be a number of reviews from people who felt the same as i, and they have "mysteriously" (to quote Emma) disappeared. In short, this book is just this side of absolute crap.
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Janet Lydecker More than 1 year ago
All that's included in this sample are copyright pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea if I want to read this book. The sample ends before the book starts! I hope some one fixes that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next in this series. I could not put it down.
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
If you like Emma, then you will love this book. I hope we do not have to wait so long for the next one. There will be a next one. won't there?