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In the Dead of Winter

Baker, Abbey Pen

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ISBN 10: 0312114133 / ISBN 13: 9780312114138
Published by St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First printing. Signed on title page. First in a series featuring Sherlock Holmes' daughter. Book very good plus with light wear. DJ very good with wrinkle-tears to head of spine, bottom front panel, top back panel. 247 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 11982

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Title: In the Dead of Winter

Publisher: St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Myrl Adler Norton was, by all accounts, one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth century. The daughter of the acclaimed opera singer Irene Adler, she was a respected professor of logic at Smith College as well as one of the most famous consulting detectives of all time. The books of her exploits, written by her lifelong friend and confidante Faye Martin Tullis, are among the most popular in the history of detective literature. Now, with this previously undiscovered manuscript, the true story behind the meeting of these two friends and their first case comes to light.
In 1918, while a student at Smith, Faye first encountered Myrl, an enigmatic figure with an interesting past. When a local actress is found dead amid bizarre circumstances, Myrl takes an interest in the murder, and the two travel to Brattleboro, Vermont, to investigate. There they uncover a twisted conspiracy, one far more dangerous than simple murder - and learn the truth about Myrl's real father, the world's most famous consulting detective.

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New Sherlockiana from an unexpected source: Faye Martin Tullis, the teaching assistant and amanuensis of Dr. Myrl Adler Norton, daughter of Godfrey Norton and Irene Adler, the woman in Holmes's life. Shortly after they meet at Smith College in 1918, the women make an unsettling discovery: the corpse of Brattleboro actress Alyssa Dansen, who's been killed months since, her body stuffed and pressed into service as the elusive (in fact, automated) landlady of a friend of Faye's. Following Alyssa's trail back to Vermont, Myrl and Faye find a close-knit covey of thespians whose relations are practically incestuous. Giles Wilcox, Alyssa's leading man, was engaged to her. Frances Hall, poisoned during a skeet-shooting outing, was in love with Giles. Alyssa's understudy Marion French, whom Myrl thinks was the poisoner's real target, may have been Alyssa's lover. Alyssa was being blackmailed; she was involved in a series of jewel robberies; she was secretly married. None of this New England byplay, not even the revelation that Godfrey Norton is not Myrl's real father, can sustain the brilliance of the macabre opening, but first-novelist Baker juggles her large cast and their secrets dextrously, and Myrl, who inevitably comes face-to-face with an aging private inquiry agent from England, is as sharply observant, as logical, and as histrionically authoritative as he is. Baker's pseudo-scholarly apparatus has all the self- seriousness of Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler stories, but she writes without Douglas's laborious archness. Recommended for readers who aren't sick of the centenary glut of Holmes pastiches, and even for those who are. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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