Heading Uptown: A Nina Fischman Mystery

Overview

The New York Times Book Review calls Marissa Piesman's Nina Fischman mystery series "hilarious...the Fischman women are delightfully brash." Nina fought for angry tenants in Unorthodox Practices and single women in Personal Effects. In Heading Uptown she does battle with smarmy suburban businessmen and big-haired housewives on Long Island. Manhattan's Upper West Side is Nina Fischman's natural habitat. Her meddling mother, Ida Fischman, keeps her updated on the latest single men in the area and reminds her when ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (2) from $21.81   
  • Used (2) from $21.81   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$21.81
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(7226)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Acceptable
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book selection as BIG as Texas.

Ships from: Dallas, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$38.02
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(23)

Condition: Good
12/31/1993 Hardcover Large type edition Good An ex librarian book **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders ... are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence! *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: London, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

The New York Times Book Review calls Marissa Piesman's Nina Fischman mystery series "hilarious...the Fischman women are delightfully brash." Nina fought for angry tenants in Unorthodox Practices and single women in Personal Effects. In Heading Uptown she does battle with smarmy suburban businessmen and big-haired housewives on Long Island. Manhattan's Upper West Side is Nina Fischman's natural habitat. Her meddling mother, Ida Fischman, keeps her updated on the latest single men in the area and reminds her when her figure begins to inch out of control. Although Nina works during the day as a housing court attorney downtown, she rarely ventures out of that forty-block square between the Hudson River and Central Park. With her aerobics class only a few steps away and Chinese food within shouting distance, who needs to? Like a bagel without cream cheese, Nina is out of sorts when she travels with Ida to family friend Helen Hirsch's funeral in Great Neck, Long Island. Not only does she have to spend an entire afternoon dodging highheeled mourners, but Ida reminds her that in a previous moment of generosity she'd agreed to be an alternate executor of Helen's will. To complicate matters further, the primary executor, Mark Hirsch, predeceased his mother under some rather unusual circumstances, which leaves Nina holding the executor bag. When Nina begins closing Helen's apartment in Queens, she meets young Lisa Hirsch, Mark's daughter and Helen's granddaughter. Lisa has her own theories about her father's death and wants Nina to look into her suspicions. Don't these people realize that Nina is not a probate specialist or a private investigator? With a mother like Ida, it's hard to keep any sort of professional acumen a secret. The troubled Lisa, though, reminds Nina a bit of herself, so she agrees to do what she can. What lurks behind the manicured lawns and pristine porches of Great Neck proves stranger than Nina ever imagined and makes Heading Uptown a delightful esc
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nina Fischman, a public service lawyer for the elderly, carries on the Rhoda Morganstern tradition of witty Jewish Manhattanites with husbandless homes and easily stirred sympathies (``Everything that happened to anybody anywhere was a concern. It made it difficult to prioritize''). Serving as executor of her mother's best friend's estate, Nina plunges into her third sleuthing adventure (following Personal Effects ) when she discovers a mystery surrounding the death of the deceased woman's son several months earlier. Her probe turns up a bunch of heartless rich people who dabble in adultery and questionable real estate deals. Relieving the fashionable ennui are a sad, smart, bulimic teenager and Nina's mother, a retired teacher who picked up not just a degree from Hunter College ca. 1939, but also a social conscience and an appreciation of ``the moving primitivism of Diego Rivera and the agitprop drama of Clifford Odets'' to match. These two characters, along with the disarming Nina, a solid plot, snappy prose and attorney Piesman's knowledge of New York City real estate and ethnic echelons, almost make the reader overlook her occasional inattention to what she has written a few pages earlier. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Chubby Jewish lawyer Nina Fischman (who appeared recently in Personal Effects , Pocket Bks., 1991), executrix of an acquaintance's will, investigates the man's ``accidental'' death at the request of his teenage daughter. The case involves careful planning, questioning, and a somewhat anticlimactic denouement, but the author/narrator gains yardage with humorous ethnic palaver, prejudiced views of New York peccadilloes, and satiric commentary on the ``hazards'' of being Jewish. Clear, straightforward, and pleasant. Another good choice.
Emily Melton
V. I. Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone, make room for Nina Fischman, a feisty, funny, neurotic New York lawyer with hair resembling a wire brush and a body that needs "toning" in the hips and thighs. Nina's social life mostly revolves around her mother, Ida. Sort of by default, Nina's been named executor of Ida's best friend Helen's estate. Nina would just like to probate Helen's will, but it's not that simple. First, there's Helen's son, Mark, who's mysteriously disappeared and turns up dead. Then there's Mark's wife, Beverly, whose biggest interest in life is spandex "aerobicwear." Finally, there's Lisa, Mark's daughter, an unhappy teenager with more intelligence than anyone gives her credit for. Lisa thinks her father was murdered, and she wants Nina to find out who the killer is. Being a natural yenta, Nina can't resist the challenge. She's persistent, she's relentless, she won't take no for an answer, and--guess what?--she tracks down the bad guys. "Heading Uptown" has a clever plot, a little romance, wonderfully eccentric characters, lots of laugh-out-loud humor, and a satisfying conclusion. Get your order in early for this one, and make a note: you haven't heard the last of Nina Fischman.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792716587
  • Publisher: Chivers North America
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: Nina Fischman Series, #3
  • Pages: 306

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)