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CHRISTIETOWN: A Novel About Vintage Clothing, Romance, Mystery, and Agatha Christie


By Susan Kandel

Harper Paperbacks, June 2007 ($13.95)
ISBN-10: 0061452173
ISBN-13: 978-0061452178

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Cece Caruso is an amateur sleuth and biographer. She is working on a bio of Agatha Christie but is annoyed by her editor's insistence on rewrites. Her own life is a bit chaotic and while she tries to cope with way too many distractions, the leading lady in a Miss Marple play Cece is directing goes missing. More trouble soon follows. And that doesn't even begin to unravel the other mysteries presenting themselves. Like the property developer who claims to be a distant relative of Agatha Christie...and the dead body. Of course there is a dead body! You knew there would be.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I liked the characters but there wasn't enough mystery for me.

Other titles in this series are NOT A GIRL DETECTIVE, I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON, and SHAMUS IN THE GREEN ROOM.

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