Hanging Hannah: A Jane Stuart and Winky Mystery

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Widowed literary agent Jane Stuart is throwing a birthday party for her son at a local inn, but before anyone can say "make a wish," the body of an unknown young woman is found hanging in the woods. Keeping busy to shake the gruesome murder out of her mind, Jane is grateful when editor Holly Griffin gives her the chance to represent a hot new pop star. Then Holly is found dead, stabbed with a letter opener. Now Jane, with the help of Winky, is determined to solve both murders . . .

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From Publishers Weekly:

Three deaths, apparently unrelated, and a missing pop star slowly reveal their interconnections in Marshall's second mystery (after Missing Marlene) featuring the charming Jane Stuart, literary agent and "North Jersey's Miss Marple." A demi-celebrity as a result of a People magazine profile inspired by her first case, Jane finds her business picking up with the addition of her newest--and most demanding--client, the pop media sensation Goddess, billed in the press as "Madonna and then some." Meanwhile, Jane, a recent widow, has rediscovered romance with Shady Hills, N.J., police detective Stanley Greenberg. But events conspire to throw a pall over her good fortune. A grizzly discovery interrupts a birthday party for Jane's 10-year-old son hosted by her friend Louise, owner of the local inn. An unknown young woman is found hanging in the woods behind the inn-and the scanty clues point to Louise's husband as the killer. Later, an editor is stabbed to death at a book party for one of Jane's authors, and Goddess disappears. Even the wedding of Jane's assistant, Daniel, is an unhappy occasion when Daniel's father suffers a fatal heart attack. Driven by curiosity and compassion, Jane uncovers more than a few family secrets in her efforts to unravel the various mysteries. A rich, well-developed ensemble of neighbors and colleagues flesh out this fast-paced cozy. The satire on the New York publishing scene is fun, even if the ending is too tidy. Agent, Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown. (May)
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From Kirkus Reviews:

``The Miss Marple of Shady Hill, New Jersey,'' a popular magazine dubbed her when she solved the case of the murdered nanny (Missing Marlene, 1999). Ordinarily, she's just plain Jane Stuart, struggling literary agent, but the Marple touch does come in handy since, as more than one friend has pointed out, people around her have a way of suddenly dying. This time, the homicidal parade begins with the unfortunate young stranger who gives the novel its title: poor waiflike Hannah, hanged from a tree. Next, it's Holly Griffin, the bumptious New York book editor, disliked by all too manyand stabbed by one. Third in line is poisoned media magnate Cecil Willoughby, rich, powerful, ruthless, estranged even from his only son and sporting an endless train of ill-wishers unrelated by blood. Could these violent, seemingly disparate, deaths in some way be connected? A cozy conundrum if ever there was one, and Jane goes to work on it. Helped in her efforts by that nice Lt. Stanley Greenberg of the Shady Hills PD and Winky the cat, Jane ratiocinates successfully. Actually, as in the author's debut, it's Winky's work that proves pivotal to the resolution, though in the process she comes perilously close to expending one of her nine. Still, a cat's got to do what a cat's got to do. Miss Marple lite. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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