From the Publisher
"SCOPPETTONE BALANCES HER TWIST-FILLED MURDER PLOT WITH A GENUINELY ENGAGING STUDY OF THE EMOTIONAL DENOUEMENT BETWEEN THESE TWO PARTNERS."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Scoppettone [is] a mystery veteran and one of the best around . . . Her thoughtful musings on love, sex, and long-term commitment will resonate with those of any sexual persuasion, and her characters are all quirky and unique. This one deserves careful reading."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Scoppettone is a sophisticated old pro who writes engagingly and with just the right degree of menace."
The Women's Review of Books
This is a fast paced mystery, with deft characterization and Lauren’s first person narration to provide an intimate feel. Lauren’s struggles with a long term relationship and the difficulties involved ring true no matter what the reader’s orientation....The solution to the mystery came together a bit too easily, I thought, but the story kept my interest (and kept me guessing), making for an enjoyable read.
The Mystery Reader Online
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PI Lauren Laurano (last seen in Let's Face the Music and Die) takes on the conventional notion that appearances can be deceiving in this snappily paced whodunit. She and her longtime girlfriend, Kip, leave Manhattan for a vacation on Long Island. They are ostensibly going to help friends renovate a new house, but they're really aiming to rehab their relationship, which is still in recovery from Lauren's recent affair. They arrive at the village of Seaview in the middle of a crime wave that would put their native Greenwich Village to shame. The body of Bill Moffat, a highly regarded local who was leading the fight to keep fast-food chains out of town, is found hanging from a tree branch. The police call it a suicide, but his cousin doesn't agree, especially since Moffat recently told her that he thought he was being followed. Hired to investigate and happy to get away from Kip, not to mention the home-improvement efforts, Lauren uncovers some highly dubious fatal accidents and begins to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. Events and circumstances may strain credibility, but, as Scoppettone cannily reminds us, so do the venerable happenings in the Cabot Cove of Murder She Wrote and Miss Jane Marple's St. Mary Mead. While the scenes between Lauren and the annoyingand surprisingly undevelopedKip can slip into melodrama and the conclusion lacks a powerful punch, Lauren herself is, as always, excellent company. (July)
While helping her life partner and friends renovate a beach place in a small Long Island town, private investigator Lauren Laurano (seen in Let's Face the Music and Die, Little, Brown, 1996) becomes side-tracked by murder. Hired by the old-money cousin of a supposed suicide, Lauren soon detects a pattern that may include the deaths of several women and children. Each suspect she questions withholds crucial information; meanwhile, the idea of a police conspiracy grows. The wide-ranging, all-encompassing case may seem shallow or far-fetched, but Scoppettone's tongue-in-cheek attitude makes the book work. Recommended for all collections.
Private eye Lauren Laurano's on vacation in the quaint little town of Seaview, on Long Island's North Fork, but the corpses just keep on coming. First is Bill Moffat, an anti'fast food activist found hanging from a tree. Refusing to believe the official verdict of suicide, Bill's cousin Jean Ashton hires Lauren to prove he was murdered. It's a baffling choice, since even townsfolk who aren't put off by Lauren's lesbianism aren't likely to open up to an inquisitive female outsider. But it does give Scoppettone (Let's Face the Music and Die, 1996, etc.) a chance to put her shamus through dead-end dialogues with every citizen of Seaview. Soon Lauren's rejected the obvious theory that Bill was killed by equally rabid pro-development activists and connected his death not only to the Silk Scarf murders (three women strangled over a four-year period, with another slain just in time for Lauren's investigation) but to a series of accidents that have claimed the lives of four Seaview preteen girls. Does the relentless presence of the Grim Reaper step up the tension? Not for Lauren, who simply plods on through what seems like the Seaview white pages, interviewing suspects who all, even at the moment of their arrest, remain as stubbornly lifeless as the victims.