Murder Among Us: A Kate Austen Mystery

Murder Among Us: A Kate Austen Mystery

by Jonnie Jacobs
     
 

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Hailed for "taking the suburban mystery to new heights" ("The Tulsa World"), Jonnie Jacobs has delighted a legion of fans with her two previous Kate Austen mysteries. Now, she puts the intrepid single mom and suburban sleuth to the test by pitting her against two formidable foes: a cunning killer and a meddlesome mother-in-law.  See more details below

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Hailed for "taking the suburban mystery to new heights" ("The Tulsa World"), Jonnie Jacobs has delighted a legion of fans with her two previous Kate Austen mysteries. Now, she puts the intrepid single mom and suburban sleuth to the test by pitting her against two formidable foes: a cunning killer and a meddlesome mother-in-law.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kate Austen, in her third appearance (after Murder Among Friends, 1995), seems almost too good-hearted to be an effective sleuth. But, as is quickly clear in this busy and intriguing tale, the well-mannered, compassionate high-school art teacher also possesses a steely determination. A serial killer is terrorizing Kate's tranquil San Francisco suburb. First, a young coed is found murdered in a city park, the killer leaving a distinctively grisly trademark. Then Julie, a talented and troubled student of Kate's, is killed in the same bizarre manner. Kate is in a unique position to aid the overwhelmed police, since she can tap into an array of high-school students who, although wary, still offer some insightful comments into Julie's tragic past (she is an orphan whose prominent mother died in a boating accident). Suspects abound. A secret, older lover? Her guardian, who seems to be dipping into her trust fund? Kate works smoothly with her significant other, police lieutenant Michael Stone, but it's her own dogged perseverance, fueled by a sense of guilt (she feels she failed Julie in some way), that compels her to investigate Julie's pastwith ramifications that are particularly hazardous for herself. This fine mystery is buoyed by rich characterizations, a gripping plot and some scene-stealing performances by Anna, Kate's unpredictable and articulate six-year-old. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575662763
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Kate Austen Mystery Series, #3
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.22(d)

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