Detective Nick Story and amateur sleuth Reverend Ziza Todd investigate when the bodies of Llewelyn Quick and Harry Van Schoonhoven are found in the home of Aunt Nan, a respected elder in the Utopian Smyrna Community, after her death
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McCullough, a compiler of mystery stories (e.g., City Sleuths and Tough Guys , Houghton, 1989), here initiates a series featuring Reverend Ziza Todd, a youthful and sometimes irreverent amateur sleuth. Called to the Olde Smyrna Community (a 19th-century Christian utopian society now known for its class-ring business) in upper New York state to conduct a funeral, Ziza finds herself in the midst of strange goings-on: discovery of a long-missing man's bones; murder of the community leader; and turmoil over possible sellout of the business. Moderately interesting but ultimately dismissible characters, a loose-jointed plot, and plenty of camp-in-the-woods atmosphere make this a mixed bag and marginal purchase.
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Book Description Viking, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000009421
Book Description Viking Adult, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0670834939