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Murder by the Book
     

Murder by the Book

by Jennifer Rowe
 

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It was the publishing event of the season . . . until someone added murder to the menu.
 
When Quentin Hale, the ruthless new takeover boss of one of Australia’s oldest publishing houses, launched a glittering round of parties, interviews, and book signings to promote his top four authors, he unwittingly whipped up a recipe for disaster.

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It was the publishing event of the season . . . until someone added murder to the menu.
 
When Quentin Hale, the ruthless new takeover boss of one of Australia’s oldest publishing houses, launched a glittering round of parties, interviews, and book signings to promote his top four authors, he unwittingly whipped up a recipe for disaster.
 
His jolly author of popular gardening books was actually a notorious lush. His successful authoress of muckraking biographies was a malicious troublemaker. And his queen of children’s books had once shared a disastrous love affair with his number-one novelist, a man teetering on the brink of yet another nervous breakdown.
 
The disgruntled staff could have warned Hale that the promotion was a deadly mistake, if he’d asked. But even they couldn’t have known just how deadly . . . until one famed author downed a fatal drink and a second soon went missing. Now it looks as if someone in this literary crew has been plotting murder all along. Can editor Kate Delaney and her friend Birdie catch the killer before he writes off his next victim?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rowe ( Grim Pickings ) fashions a perplexing, if emotionally unaffecting mystery set in the Australian publishing scene. Sydney publishing house Berry & Michaels is under new management, and bratty fledgling publicist Malcolm Pool proposes saluting the house's fresh start with several days of PR events featuring four bestselling authors. Loyal, longtime Berry & Michaels publicity manager Evie Newell, upset about the takeover, neglects to mention that the four authors in question hate one another, and the lethal plan is set in motion. Soon to arrive are Tilly Lightly, a manipulative, deceptively fragile children's author; Saul Murdoch, a melancholy novelist and Tilly's bitter ex-lover; Jack Sprott, a gnomish drunkard who pens gardening books; and Barbara Bendix, a greedy biographer. The catty quartet is housed in suites above the publishing house's offices, and it is not long before one of them expires. Is the death a suicide, a murder by one of the remaining trio or the revenge of a young novelist given an unfavorable review? Additional victims fall before Malcolm's disastrous promo blitz comes to its theatrical and surprising conclusion. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553293739
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Series:
Verity "Birdie" Birdwood , #2
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.70(d)

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