Trixie Dolan and Evangeline Sinclair, Babson's feisty elderly heroines, are back, just as bickering, inquisitive, and delightful as ever. The two former film stars are at leisure (temporarily, of course) but they have, again of course, expectations of juicy parts in a movie in the near future.
Meanwhile, circumstances force a move to a penthouse suite in an only partially remodeled London warehouse. Currently the quarters are pretty primitive, but the two actresses cope bravely, not even minding the dangerous door in the kitchen that opens onto an unguarded three-story drop. They are rather pleased by it, in fact, since conversations from the strange and contentious assortment of tenants who occupy the rest of the building come right up to the ladies' eager ears and they become gleefully immersed in the troubles of their neighbors.
Curiosity changes to unease, however, the more they learn. When a young woman's body is pulled out of the river, their suspicious are confirmed, and they are plunged into the center of a perilous series of events.
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The problem with this London-based mystery is that the Yuppies don't die soon enough. The bleak tone of Babson's novel is well portrayed by Diana Bishop. She manages to convey the depressing urban landscape of gentrified warehouse condos going unoccupied due to an economic downturn and the dispiriting effect of hard times on the young professionals who face financial and personal ruin. However, too much time is spent on giving the listener a sense of place. While Bishop's voice isn't always pleasant, it does give one a sense of the inner person. Overall, her reading is uneven but generally in step with the action, as accounts of grocery shopping are hard to enliven. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
After their landlord moves them to a Thames-side warehouse flat, former film stars Trixie Dolan and Evangeline Sinclair try to figure out which of their neighbors committed murder. Witty women, eccentric characters, and crazy situation all add up to a good read.
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312139691
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