Death Echo: A Libby Kincaid Mystery

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Photojournalist and amateur sleuth Libby Kincaid must find a killer when her client, a woman who had been blackmailed, is found dead on a golf course with an arrow through her chest. Reprint. NYT. PW.

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After a visit to her long-distance boyfriend Dan Sikora back in Ohio, photojournalist Libby Kincaid (Still Waters, Cold Feet) promises Dan's old girlfriend Pam Bates that she'll return to investigate her stepmother Lydia Butcher's sudden strange behavior--refusing to leave her house, spending hardly any of her money--in exchange for an exclusive interview with Lydia's reclusive, newly famous sister Mavis Skye Nihiser, 80-something author of homespun bestseller The Tree of Life. Unfortunately, Lydia, by far the most interesting denizen of Echo, Ohio, is fatally shot by an arrow, and Libby winds up threshing through the predictable suspects--Lydia's layabout son Neil, Mavis's blind son Glen Sharpe and twice-divorced husband Russell Wynell, and Neil's fianc‚e Cherry Dee Diehl, a home health aide--and nosing out a predictably ancient family secret. Messy complications--it's really a juicy secret--are hoarded until the very last minute; not even engaging Libby can overcome the resulting imbalance between leisurely sleuthing and suddenly torrential returns. -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Tucker ( Cold Feet ) crafts a welcome third entry to her series featuring New York City magazine photographer Libby Kincaid. Libby is visiting her native Ohio when Pam Bates, an old acquaintance, asks her to investigate the disturbing behavior of her foster mother, who has taken to her room and ventures out only to mail a mysterious weekly check. In exchange for her help, Libby can have an interview with Pam's aunt Mavis, the previously incognito author of a bestselling book of sappy inspirational essays. In the small town of Echo, Libby meets other members of Pam's extended family, including her troubled brother Neil and blind, compelling cousin Glen. Then Pam's mother is killed and Libby runs up against townspeople who know each other's business (and sometimes secrets) but won't talk to a stranger. Libby's first-person narration lacks details at first, but her voice quickly gets stronger as she spins a thoroughly entertaining tale in a playful and contemporary tone. Tucker's mystery is marred only by a denouement that unfolds too quickly.
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