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Death on the River Walk, a Henrie o Mystery

Carolyn Hart

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ISBN 10: 0380974150 / ISBN 13: 9780380974153
Published by Avon Books, New York, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Death on the River Walk, a Henrie o Mystery

Publisher: Avon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Carolyn Hart is one of America's best-loved mystery writers-a multiple award-winning architect of ingenious puzzles set in atmospheric locales, featuring men and women both intriguingly complex and achingly human. And no chaaracter is more complex or human than sixty-something sleuth Henrie O, whose decades of newspapering have taught her that every fact is susect, but goodness can still be celebrated.

A frantic phone call from an old and dear friend on the other side of the world sends Henrie O to the fabled city of San Antonio, Texas, in search of her friend's devoted granddaughter, Iris Chavez. Iris had been working on San Antonio's famous River Walk at the family-owned Tesoros Gallery, a shop renowned for its unquestioned integrity, excellence, and the priceless treasures it hunts for its rich and famous patrons. Iris has disappeared without a word and hasn't been heard from since. Her humble apartment has been ransacked, yet nothing is missing. And nobody at Tesoros seems to care.

Hidden amid the exquisite objects in the gallery and among the many family members who run the business is a secret- a secret Henrie O must uncover if she is to find Iris. Interviews with the charming matriarch, Maria Elena Garza, who created the business decades earlier, and with her children and grandchildren reveal nothing. But Henrie O suspects that Rick, who is rumored to have been Iris's boyfriend, knows far more than he is willing to reveal. When an unsigned note summons Henrie O to the River Walk, she is stunned by what she finds. An ominous threat, followed by a horrifying murder, convinces her Iris is in terrible danger. Disgrace lies in wait for an old and respected business...and death waits for anyone who gets in the way.

As only she can, Carolyn Hart transports us to a dazzling world of glamour and intrigue, shrouded by the golden shadows of priceless treasure, dark secrets and cruel deception. With an uncanny instinct for separating truth from lies, Henrie O fo

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In the opening scenes of Death on the River Walk, the veteran journalist and crime solver Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (better known to mystery lovers as Henrie O) has a rendezvous with the matriarch of a San Antonio family. She says of this encounter with Maria Elena Garza:

We regarded each other. Her hair was as dark as mine, though mine does not have a raven gloss. My face is the more lined, hers smooth with a creamy complexion. I'm afraid that through years of asking questions and so often hearing lies or distortions, perhaps my gaze is more skeptical than accepting. But in the warmth of her regard, I felt my own defenses crumbling. She looked at me with eyes that have surely seen as much as mine and yet there was an eagerness and a vivacity I have lost.

This perceptive self-knowledge gives Carolyn Hart's Henrie O books an extra ingredient not always present in mystery series--characters who display real-life emotions, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses, who we can easily empathize with.

The circumstances in which Henrie O meets with the woman are troubling to say the least. Maria Elena Garza owns an art gallery on San Antonio's River Walk, and one of her young female employees has disappeared. A member of the large Garza tribe is a prime suspect in the girl's vanishing act. Although the potential scenarios under consideration aren't particularly profound or surprising, the milieu (a lovely shop full of gorgeous objects), the characters, and the bracing Henrie O herself are well worth the price of admission. Other Henrie O books include Death in Lovers' Lane and Death in Paradise --Dick Adler

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