Scandal in Fair Haven (Henrie O Series #2)

Scandal in Fair Haven (Henrie O Series #2)

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by Carolyn G. Hart
     
 

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When her friend is murdered in her lavish Fair Haven estate, all signs point to the victim's husband, and ex-journalist Henrie O. tries to learn the truth by questioning suspects from the area's best families.See more details below

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When her friend is murdered in her lavish Fair Haven estate, all signs point to the victim's husband, and ex-journalist Henrie O. tries to learn the truth by questioning suspects from the area's best families.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Agatha Award-winning Hart takes her retired Missouri newspaperwoman, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, introduced in Dead Man's Island, to Tennessee, where she becomes the honorary aunt of a young man accused of killing his wife. Henrie O is vacationing at the mountain cabin of her friend Margaret, who is recovering from heart surgery, when Margaret's nephew, Craig Matthews, arrives distraught and bloodied. As he tells of having found his kitchen demolished and his wife Patty Kay murdered, Henrie O realizes that the weak-willed, perhaps devious, Craig has set himself up as the killer by running from the scene. As a favor to Margaret, she decides to investigate. In ritzy Fair Haven, near Nashville, Henrie discovers that the murdered woman had been a vibrant, forceful figure in town, a teacher and trustee at a posh private school (where a teenage girl recently committed suicide) and the owner of a bookstore where her friends worked as a sideline to their social pursuits. Gradually connecting the student's suicide to Patty Kay's death, Henrie also learns that each of the woman's friends has a motive for murder. From the first pages to the climax, where she uses a cannister of Mace to save herself from a murderer, Hart's widowed sleuth is a heroine of admirable courage and wit. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Hart's engaging armchair detective leaves her couch long enough to investigate a murder in an affluent community.
Emily Melton
For readers who want the American equivalent of a British cozy with just a tad more spice, Hart is a real find. (Not that she doesn't already have a devoted audience--her books have won three major mystery awards.) Like Christie's Miss Marple mysteries, Hart's stories look at the feelings, emotions, and passions of real-life people in real-life situations. Hart's heroine, Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins ("Henrie O" to her friends) is a sixtysomething retired journalist-turned-sleuth with the gentle wisdom of Miss Marple and the sharp-witted exuberance of television's Jessica Fletcher. Henrie O's latest adventure takes her to Fair Haven, Tennessee, where a local bookstore owner is accused of murdering his wealthy wife. Even though it looks like an open-and-shut case, Henrie O's detecting instincts tell her something's fishy in Fair Haven. Hart offers a light and lively read with an appealing "small-town America" ambience, a compelling plot, a potpourri of fascinating characters, and some revealing insights into what makes us humans tick.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307569998
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Series:
Henrie O Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
119,515
File size:
2 MB

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Nancy Pickard
America's answer to Miss Marple!
Mary Higgins Clark
Cheers for Henrie O, an intelligent, engaging sleuth!

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