As the Sparks Fly Upward

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His simple existence shattered by the arrival of his sister and her child-hating husband, Bernard, Snooky finds his peace further ruined by the discovery of a corpse, and, once again, he and Bernard must join forces to solve a crime.

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From Kirkus Reviews:

A teeth-gratingly cute hardcover introduction to the unflappable Maya, her curmudgeonly husband Bernard (a children's book writer), and her quixotic brother Snooky--who, here, invites the two to visit him at his rustic cabin sublet in Lyle, Vermont. While there, the threesome attend a dinner party at Snooky's new girlfriend's house--a party ruined when aged Aunt Irma announces her impending marriage to Bobby, a young fortune-hunter. Before Irma can change her will in his favor, however, he's dispatched in the woods and the quest is on: Which relative done it? Irma's ne'er-do-well brother? His perennially broke son? Irma's ex-sister- in-law Gertie, who has shared her house on sufferance? Or Irma herself, a crack shot, who might have learned of Bobby's philandering with a neighborhood tootsie? While Snooky concocts yet another recipe drenched in cider, and Maya coddles both her brother and her husband, Irma O.D.'s on her heart medicine, and Gertie, out tramping the woods, is waylaid and murdered. A few clues (wills/diaries, etc.) later, the murders and the suicide are appropriately assigned, and Snooky heads for Canada while Maya and Bernard head home. Unfunny--unless you've got a high tolerance for eccentrics, whimsy, and second-rate Nick & Nora dialogue. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Bernard Woodruff, author of the Mrs. Woolly books for tots, may look like a huge, amiable teddy bear, but he's actually an archetypal misanthrope. Except for his lovable, intelligent wife, Maya, he hates everyone, and that certainly includes Maya's handsome brother Snooky, who is also bright, wealthy, carefree and stubbornly unemployed. In this third Bernard-Snooky mystery, the unlikely sleuthing partners are visiting wintry Vermont, where the relatives of Snooky's current sweetheart begin dropping like flies. The mystery isn't hard to solve, but the puzzle isn't really the point. Dank, who began her writing career with the superior children's novel The Forest of App , has a genius for creating engaging, quirky characters and giving them marvelous lines. The payoff here is a funny, charming story, a literate, diverting escape.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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