The Butcher of Beverly Hills: A Screwball Mystery Featuring Kerry and Terry McAfee

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Meet Kerry and Terry McAfee—identical twin sisters who have nothing in common, save their red hair and California-girl looks. Kerry's the good girl—a straight-A student who, after high school, ends up at UCLA. Terry's the bad girl—a nose-candy aficionado who, after high school, ends up in the slammer. Kerry's a hopeless romantic about boys; Terry's a hopeless flirt around girls. But Kerry and Terry team up for The Butcher of Beverly Hills—their first-ever case as private dickettes who keep L.A. safe with the help...
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Meet Kerry and Terry McAfee—identical twin sisters who have nothing in common, save their red hair and California-girl looks. Kerry's the good girl—a straight-A student who, after high school, ends up at UCLA. Terry's the bad girl—a nose-candy aficionado who, after high school, ends up in the slammer. Kerry's a hopeless romantic about boys; Terry's a hopeless flirt around girls. But Kerry and Terry team up for The Butcher of Beverly Hills—their first-ever case as private dickettes who keep L.A. safe with the help of their sidekicks: a Pomeranian named Paquito and a Pug named Muffy.

When wealthy socialite Lenore Richling's twentysomething gold-digging boy toy of a husband absconds with ten thousand dollars' worth of her jewelry, she does what anyone in her position would do: she checks herself in for a plastic surgery shopping spree, then calls the McAfee twins for help. While Lenore recuperates from her face-lift in the luxury of a reclusive hotel, the gals hop on their customized hot-pink Harley-Davidson and begin investigating a bevy of suspicious characters, including Barbie, a bimbo beauty consultant with buns of steel; Hattrick, a painkiller-pushing plastic surgeon; and Binion, a silver-haired, snake-tongued Hollywood attorney. Before they know it, the twins are wading in dead husbands, purloined cash, crotchless panties, mystery pills, and a body count high enough to make even tough cookies like them a little squeamish—along with more than a little romantic intrigue.

Brilliantly poised to straddle the "chick lit" and mystery markets, The Butcher of Beverly Hills marks the debut of a hot new three-book series starring theunforgettable McAfee girls. Written with a razor-sharp wit that brilliantly spoofs L.A.'s most eccentric subcultures and personalities, Butcher is fun, fast-paced, and hilariously original, with enough plot twists and hijinks to keep everyone—including the twins—guessing until the very end.
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What if Stephanie Plum had an ex-cokehead for a sister? Gorgeous twin crime fighters battle a bunch of shady dudes in screenwriter Colt's vivacious debut, the first in a planned trilogy. Kerry and Terry McAfee are both tall, lanky and red-headed, but the similarity stops there: Terry's done time for cocaine possession and has a thing for dangerous women; Kerry's a UCLA grad with a fondness for dark, funny men. Together they're the L.A. PI firm Double Indemnity Investigations, a two-woman, perpetually broke organization dedicated to solving crimes, no job too big or small. When their aunt Reba, the Canasta Queen of Beverly Hills, sends her wealthy friend Lenore to ask the twins for their help in finding the $10,000 her playboy husband ran off with, Kerry and Terry find themselves up to their matching leather jackets in trouble. All roads lead to Dr. Hattrick, a pill-dispensing plastic surgeon who performs face-lifts on the Beverly Hills ladies-who-lunch crowd, but a cast of similarly menacing ne'er-do-wells, including a gun-toting Russian moll, a sleazy lawyer and a cop with a mullet and an attitude, keep the surprises coming. This is a fast-paced, gum-snapping, snarky chick-lit mystery with sparkle to spare. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595256716
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/2002
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 326
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    THE BUTCHER OF BEVERLY HILLS

    They travel around Beverly Hills on a shocking pink Dyna Wide Glide Harley motorcycle that looks like something stolen from the "Barbie Goes Hog Wild!" collection. Twin red heads, one wearing a matching pink leather jacket with fringe, and a pink helmet with a purple flower-power daisy on the side. I don't know where to start reviewing THE BUTCHER OF BEVERLY HILLS. It is that good! I spent the weekend reading it, and can't tell you how many times I was laughing so hard, I thought I was going to have to invest in new undergarments. It is that funny. Jennifer Colt is absolutely fantastic. She literally grabs you with her two-page prologue, and takes you on an unforgettable ride with two of the most delightful redheaded twins, that you will ever meet. I wasn't even finished with THE BUTCHER OF BEVERLY HILLS and already looking forward to the next adventure that these twins were going to take me on. They are that addicting. Terry and Kerry McAfee, twin twenty-something redheads, were born and raised in Beverly Hills, California. Identical twins in appearance, but definitely with individual personalities. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they become private investigators in order to pay the bills. They aren't doing so great, paying the bills that is, when a friend of their rich Aunt Reba calls needing their help. So more out of the necessity for money, than for the love of their great-aunt, they agree to help Lenore Richling out. Right away they should have known that this job was not one that was going to be routine, or easy. They had to meet Lenore in a hotel set up to cater to old women healing from plastic surgery. When they arrive at the hotel they are met by a seventy-year-old woman, bearing bandages, bruises, and surgical tape. Lenore wants the girls to search for her twenty year-old soon to be ex-husband, Mario Vallegos, who has run away with ten thousand dollars of her money. After haggling over their fee, the girls finally agree to find him and Lenore's money. What Terry and Kerry find while searching for Mario is considerably more than the ten thousand dollars. Murder, mayhem, drugs, abandoned pets, unethical attorneys, and the Russian mob are but a few of the obstacles in the way of solving the case. All surrounded by wealth, old ladies, and the surreal world of Beverly Hills. THE BUTCHER OF BEVERLY HILLS is a refreshing 'private eye' book that will have you laughing so hard, you will be crying. The characters are fresh, and brought forth in such a way that you can actually see them. Each one has a personality that draws you to them. The story is captivating with many twists and turns. You will not be able to figure out "who done it" until Ms Colt allows you to do so, although she does give you plenty of clues along the way. Terry and Kerry are absolutely wonderful. They go through life with an attitude that is bubbling with enthusiasm and wonderment. The way that they look at the environment that they are thrown into is something that absolutely draws you to them. Ms. Colt is an author that is here to stay, her humor and wit is beyond description. It flows from the pages in waves, and the reader absorbs it in such a way that they cannot but feel wonderful after having read it. At the same time they have read a mystery that is truly fascinating. One that is written so well that it cannot be put down until that very last page. I can't wait for Ms. Colt's next installment in the lives, and adventures, of Terry and Kerry McAfee. I just know that I will again have to stock up on Depends because I will again be laughing so hard at the antics of these wonderful red-headed twins on their pink Dyna Wide Glide Harley solving the problems of the rich, and famous in that ultra-rich world of 'Beverly Hills 213' This is one book you cannot miss. Get your copy of THE BUTCHER OF BEVERLY HILLS now, because it won't stay on the shelves long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    What a Great New Find!

    I'm always on the lookout for a new mystery writer who can keep me entertained. Jennifer Colt's first book, The Butcher of Beverly Hills, succeeds hilariously. The main characters, twin sisters Kerry and Terry McAfee, keep the action moving with great dialogue and repartee. Ms. Colt is as irreverant and witty as Janet Evanovich, but with a definite "LA humor" that is all her own. I loved this book and can't wait for the next installment.

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