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Heading Uptown: A Nina Fischman Mystery
     

Heading Uptown: A Nina Fischman Mystery

by Marissa Piesman
 

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She's savvy, she's funny, and for some reason, she's single. She's a Jewish lawyer on Manhattan's Upper West Side whose simple case of probate leads to murder. Nina finds herself investigating the suspicious death of the primary executor to her mother's best friend's will, and what she finds are some very un-kosher goings-on.

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She's savvy, she's funny, and for some reason, she's single. She's a Jewish lawyer on Manhattan's Upper West Side whose simple case of probate leads to murder. Nina finds herself investigating the suspicious death of the primary executor to her mother's best friend's will, and what she finds are some very un-kosher goings-on.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440211617
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Series:
Nina Fischman Series , #3
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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