Former movie star and amateur sleuth Charlotte Graham returns in a strange case involving the death of Iris O'Connor, a screenwriter in the forties, who left Hollywood when the House Un-American Affairs Committee began its investigations
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Prior to becoming a mystery writer, Stefanie Matteson was the editor of the Penobscot Times in Old Town, Maine and the assistant lifestyle editor at the Bergen Record in Hackensack, New Jersey. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her two children.From Publishers Weekly:
Seventyish Charlotte Graham, actress, sometime sleuth and summer resident of Old Town, Maine, helps her friend, state police Lt. Howard Tracey, solve the murder of Iris Richards, shot by an arrow while climbing Mt. Katahdin. The victim was a crusty recovered alcoholic and Thoreau disciple who shared a house and wildflower nursery in Old Town with companion Jeanne Ouellette. Charlotte soon discovers that the dead woman was also Iris O'Connor, an Oscar-winning screenwriter of the '40s and '50s whose work had provided Charlotte with some of her best roles. While Tracey explores Iris's local connections, Charlotte flies to Hollywood, where a look back to the turbulent years of red-baiting and blacklisting uncovers events that changed Iris's life. As Charlotte reviews those years and her torrid affair with a blacklisted cowboy star, light shines on the present-day murder, sending the actress back to Maine to find the solution. Although well-plotted, the pace of the sixth Charlotte Graham mystery, following Murder at the Falls, is burdened by wordy prose, an oversized red herring and more Thoreauvian and mountaineering lore than many mystery readers may appreciate.
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Book Description Berkley Hardcover, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0425143554
Book Description Berkley Hardcover, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110425143554