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With their very first mystery, MISSING MARLENE, widowed literary agent Jane Stuart and her tortoiseshell cat, Winky, left mystery fans purring for more. Now the wellread detective duo is back, taking on Manhattan—and Shady Hills, New Jersey—on the hunt for a killer in disguise.

After her last brush with murder landed her in People magazine, Jane is eager to get back to a life of reading proposals, making deals, and throwing a birthday party for her son at a local inn. But before...

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Hanging Hannah

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Overview

With their very first mystery, MISSING MARLENE, widowed literary agent Jane Stuart and her tortoiseshell cat, Winky, left mystery fans purring for more. Now the wellread detective duo is back, taking on Manhattan—and Shady Hills, New Jersey—on the hunt for a killer in disguise.

After her last brush with murder landed her in People magazine, Jane is eager to get back to a life of reading proposals, making deals, and throwing a birthday party for her son at a local inn. But before anyone can even say “make a wish,” the body of an unknown young woman is found hanging in the woods behind the inn.

Jane knows the only way she can shake the gruesome murder out of her mind is to keep busy. So when editor Holly Griffin gives her the chance to represent Goddess, the world’s hottest new pop star, Jane is grateful for the distraction…until Holly is found dead, stabbed with a letter opener.

Determined to solve both murders, Jane, along with the help of Winky, starts snooping around, uncovering a scandalous secret that someone will do anything to keep buried…

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three deaths, apparently unrelated, and a missing pop star slowly reveal their interconnections in Marshall's second mystery (after Missing Marlene) featuring the charming Jane Stuart, literary agent and "North Jersey's Miss Marple." A demi-celebrity as a result of a People magazine profile inspired by her first case, Jane finds her business picking up with the addition of her newest--and most demanding--client, the pop media sensation Goddess, billed in the press as "Madonna and then some." Meanwhile, Jane, a recent widow, has rediscovered romance with Shady Hills, N.J., police detective Stanley Greenberg. But events conspire to throw a pall over her good fortune. A grizzly discovery interrupts a birthday party for Jane's 10-year-old son hosted by her friend Louise, owner of the local inn. An unknown young woman is found hanging in the woods behind the inn-and the scanty clues point to Louise's husband as the killer. Later, an editor is stabbed to death at a book party for one of Jane's authors, and Goddess disappears. Even the wedding of Jane's assistant, Daniel, is an unhappy occasion when Daniel's father suffers a fatal heart attack. Driven by curiosity and compassion, Jane uncovers more than a few family secrets in her efforts to unravel the various mysteries. A rich, well-developed ensemble of neighbors and colleagues flesh out this fast-paced cozy. The satire on the New York publishing scene is fun, even if the ending is too tidy. Agent, Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Airy prose, domestic subplots, and an appealing heroine characterize this second title in the series. Literary agent Jane Stuart, living in bucolic Shady Hills, NJ, gained local fame when she investigated the disappearance of her son's nanny (Missing Marlene). This time, she helps solve the case of a woman found hanging in the woods behind the local inn. A filched quilt, a crazy-acting cat, a ghostly girl in the twilight, an incipient romance with a handsome detective, and a client's publishing party all contribute highlights to a deftly handled plot. For most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617730467
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: A Jane Stuart and Winky Mystery , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 422,601
  • File size: 936 KB

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining amateur sleuth

    People's Magazine heralds Jane Stuart as North Jersey's Miss Marple for solving the case of the missing nanny. Owner of the Kenneth Stuart Literary Agency, Jane has no aspirations to make a sleuthing career, but her reputation makes her a crime magnet. When a stranger is murdered, the shocked citizens of Shady Hills expect their local 'private investigator' Jane to uncover the truth. Jane has a personal interest in this crime since her son discovered the body and the victim was seen hanging around the inn owned by Jane's friend Louise. <P>The police question Louise's philandering husband Ernie, the innkeeper asks to Jane to help solve the murder. Reluctantly, Jane agrees to conduct some inquiries although she is becoming romantically involved with the lead investigator. Her professional job also turns complicated when she agrees to handle Goddess, a female Fabio, as a client. However, Goddess' editor is killed during a publishing bash given for another of Jane's clients. Jane realizes she now needs to solve these homicides fast or she will become a media event again. <P>Life parallels art in this amusing and entertaining amateur sleuth mystery. The author like her protagonist is a literary agent residing in a small Jersey village and knows first hand how to deal with authors and publishing houses. This experience is firmly focused in Jane's professional life that adds a bonus to fans. Winky the feline, owner of the Stuart family, provides humorous relief with his antics. HANGING HANNAH is a humorous who-done-it that captures the essence of modern day living in a small town amidst the BosWash megalopolis. <P>Harriet Klausner

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