The second Paige Turner mystery (the bestselling Murderers Prefer Blondes) lives up to the promise of its heroine's name -- it's a fast, fun read.
Paige Turner is the only woman on the staff of a pulp magazine called Daring Detective. When she's not making coffee, rewriting stories, and proofreading, she writes her own features and indulges in a little investigative reporting. Her finely honed journalistic instincts tell her that the tale her late husband's army buddy has to share would make great copy. He's turned up out of the blue, with a heartrending request that she investigate the murder of his sister, Judy. The only clue he can provide is a fortune in diamonds that he found hidden in a box of oatmeal at his sister's apartment -- not the sort a thing a 19-year-old sales clerk normally has on her shopping list. It doesn't take Paige long to learn the identity of Judy's sugar daddy, but tracking the killer is a more difficult task, and a more dangerous one as well.
Amanda Matetsky provides a snappy, nostalgic look at Manhattan in the 1950s (complete with girdles, automats, and Beat poets), where death could be anybody's neighbor…and is not likely to wait for an invitation. Sue Stone