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Posted December 21, 2004
Jane Stuart, literary agent, meets with her client Nate Barre and Tina Vale, publisher of Corsair Books. Unfortunately Tina wants to make Jane pay. She chooses to do it by canceling Nate¿s million-dollar contract. Apparently, Jane¿s husband (now deceased) was Tina¿s lover before they married. Jane never knew about it. Tina never got over it. Tina is in town to get an award at the Romance Authors Together (RAT) convention. Tina fails to show up and is found dead in her bath. It appears she committed suicide. She was electrocuted with one of her prized antique toasters. A note was found. At the same time, there is a cat show at the same Inn. Jane¿s son Nicholas and nanny Florence are there showing their housecat Winky. Jane makes an appearance to see how they¿re doing. Things aren¿t going very well. Plus the RATs and the cats are not getting along well. Detecive Stanley Greenberg, Jane¿s boyfriend, has to keep an eye on things and help settle any disputes. Jane does not believe Tina committed suicide. Stanley finally acknowledges that it appears to have been murder. Bad part is that Jane is one of the suspects. Fearing this would ruin her business reputation, she decides to try to find the killer before word gets out that she¿s a suspect. She enlists her assistant, Daniel. They begin interviewing the various parties. Shelly Adams, Tina¿s assistant, meets with Jane to provide information about Tina. As Jane gets deeper into investigating, she finds herself in danger. Can she find out who killed Tina without ending up another victim? This is the first book I¿ve read in this delightful series. It definitely won¿t be the last. They have a new fan. Jane is such a likeable character. She is the type of person you would want to get to know. She is able to stumble onto information in a believable manner. Her literary contacts really helped in this story. Her relationships with the other characters were well written and believable. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2003
The new publisher and editor of Corsair Books has notified literary agent Jane Stuart that she intends to cancel the house¿s contract with her client Nathaniel Barre. When Jane insists on a face-to-face meeting with Tina Vale to discuss the contract, Nate insists on being there. To the shock of the agent and the writer they learn that Tina has never even read the book but is paying Jane back for marrying the man she loved.<P> When Tina does not show up at the awards dinner where she is being honored, the president of Romance Authors together (RAT) goes to her room and finds her body in the bathtub. She left a suicide note but neither Jane nor the police think the death is anything but murder since the key to her room is missing. After solving several homicides Jane is not happy to be a suspect in a murder investigation so she sets out to clear her reputation and very nearly winds up as a second homicide victim.<P> Even Marshal has written a breezy and entertaining first class cozy that contains a host of suspects who hated the victims and had the motive, means and opportunity to commit the crime. The heroine is a spunky and determined person who is determined to find the killer and she has the intelligence and the moxie to do it. TOASTING TINA is a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery Agatha Christie style.<P>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.