When Garney Wilcox, a universally despised land developer, is poisoned, electrocuted, and hit over the head, and his mother confesses to the murder, it is up to Kate Mulcay, a columnist for an Atlanta newspaper, to sort out the facts. Reprint. PW.
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Kate Mulcay is a youngish widow, reporter on an Atlanta newspaper, still living in the rural log cabin she and her husband had lovingly restored. The farmland around it has gradually given way to expensive housing, but the shabby house of Miss Willie Wilcox has been empty since she was put into a nearby nursing home by her selfish, newly rich, realtor son Garney and his piggish wife Voncile. Now Garney has been found dead--poisoned, electrocuted, and bashed over the head. Miss Willie, powerfully motivated by the revelations of granddaughter Cheri, claims to have killed him. But Kate, utilizing her longtime kinship with the locals, young and old, patches together the connections that get Miss Willie off the hook--and that help Sergeant Mellie Alvarez solve a second killing. A warm, unassuming, mildly engaging story--the first in a series by a much-published author (Children, My Children, 1981, etc.; the memoir Turned Funny, 1988) and syndicated columnist. Kate's further adventures are anticipated with pleasure. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
The feisty heroine of this charming, neatly crafted mystery, Kate Mulcay is a self-reliant widow, an Atlanta news hound who lives alone in a backwoods cabin and occasionally covers the police beat. Then a neighbor, Garney Wilcox, is murdered. A local businessman disliked by nearly everyone, Wilcox is the victim of extreme overkill--poisoned, bludgeoned and electrocuted, he is mourned by few save his sweet, octogenarian stepmother, Miss Willie, who stuns everyone by promptly confessing to the crime. Sibley ( Turned Funny ), herself an Atlanta journalist, gives Kate free rein in protecting Miss Willie from her own intentions while uncovering dark deeds ranging from rape to incest to drug-running. Old Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald songs, a raging pit bull, Girl Scout cookies, a "beeper" that vibrates instead of emitting sounds, and a fruit jar full of moonshine--these seemingly disparate elements add up to a beguiling mosaic as intrepid Kate fits them together.
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Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110061090832
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