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THE BLUEST BLOOD: An Amanda Pepper Mystery
By Gillian Roberts (aka: Judith Greber)
Ballantine, March, 1999 (paperback, 285 pages) $5.99
Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel
English teacher Amanda Pepper gets a taste of Philadelphia high society when she is invited to a gala at the home of philanthropists Edward and Theodora Roederer. Ned, as he prefers to be called, is reportedly the descendant, on the wrong side of the blanket, of old Ben Franklin himself.
Just outside the mansion Amanda and her significant other, police detective C.K. Mackenzie, are horrified to spot what seems to be a man on fire, and rush to help. It turns out to be a dummy, an effigy of Roederer, carrying a grim message from the Moral Ecologists. This bunch of fanatical, book-hating right wingers oppose the Roederer's generous gifts to schools and libraries which possess such corrupting books as "The Color Purple" and "The Canterbury Tales."
The wealthy couple have informally adopted Griffin, a troubled teen who, despite all the luxurious trappings, would prefer to be elsewhere. His best friend Jake Ulrich has ties with the Reverend Harvey Spiers, spokesman for the Moral Ecologists, which he'd rather not get out. Both are Amanda's students at Philly Prep.
When a suspicious hit and run death occurs, the boys are the prime suspects, so naturally Amanda has to step in and find the real killer.
Other titles in this series include: CAUGHT DEAD IN PHILADELPHIA, PHILLY STAKES, I'D RATHER BE IN PHILADELPHIA, WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE..., HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION, IN THE DEAD OF SUMMER, THE MUMMER'S CURSE, and ADAM AND EVIL.
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