A Novel about Vintage Clothing, Romance, Mystery, and Agatha Christie
By Susan Kandel
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061452178, 280pp.)
Publication Date: June 2007
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A new suspense-themed housing tract on the edge of the Mojave Desert is about to open, and who better to help promote the Cotswold-cozy development than mystery biographer extraordinaire Cece Caruso? For the grand opening weekend, Cece is staging a play featuring the beloved sleuth Miss Marple. Of course, everything goes wrong, including a leading lady who ends up dead.
All is not well in Christietown; its secrets are as complicated as the truth behind Agatha Christie's real-life disappearance. The developer, an Englishman who claims to be Dame Agatha's descendent, has ruthless investors breathing down his neck. Meanwhile, Cece's got a wedding to plan, a baby shower to give, and an ex-husband who shows up on her doorstep with his fiancee and future mother-in-law. And when another body surfaces, the intrepid amateur sleuth knows she must play the famed detective for real--or suffer the same mysterious fate.