Claire and Present Danger

Claire and Present Danger

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Random House, Inc.
In the City of Brotherly Love, nobody knows a thing about Emmie Cade, a young widow who “appeared from nowhere,” and in the blink of an eye was engaged to Leo Fairchild, a middle-aged bachelor with a fortune. However, as her marriage date approaches, Emmie’s mother-in-law to be, the ailing, autocratic Claire Fairchild, receives anonymous letters. They suggest, none too subtly, that there’s a great deal to learn about the mysterious young woman, none of it good, and much of it involving the violent deaths of the men in her life.

Enter Amanda Pepper who, after completing her day of teaching English at Philly Prep, now moonlights as a P.I. along with C.K. Mackenzie, former homicide detective, current graduate student at Penn. The two of them are hired by Mrs. Fairchild to find out who the charming but evasive Emmie Cade really is. At thirty-two, the young woman has changed her address and name more often than some women change nail polish—and deliberately or not, she’s provided no clues or access to her past.

For Amanda, becoming C.K. Mackenzie’s investigative partner is an exhilarating change from the politics and problems of the new school term, and a welcome distraction from the ordeal of meeting her own prospective in-laws. She’s determined to prove herself an able investigator by ferreting out Emmie Cade’s secrets, but almost immediately, instead of looking at events of the past, she’s forced to deal with the here and now—including murder.

Brilliantly plotted, deeply perceptive, as delicious and sparkling as fine champagne, Gillian Roberts’s new Amanda Pepper masterpiece doesn’t miss a trick. More than ever, she’s “the Dorothy Parker of mystery writers . . . giving more wit per page than most writers give per book.” *

Baker & Taylor
Worried about the background of Emmie Cade, her son's beautiful if enigmatic young fiancTe, the autocratic Claire Fairchild hires Philadelphia schoolteacher and amateur sleuth Amanda Pepper to investigate the truth about some mysterious anonymous letters that hint at scandal--and worse--in Emmie's background.

Blackwell North Amer
In the City of Brotherly Love, nobody knows a thing about Emmie Cade, a young widow who "appeared from nowhere," and in the blink of an eye was engaged to Leo Fairchild, a middle-aged bachelor with a fortune. However, as her marriage date approaches, Emmie's mother-in-law to be, the ailing, autocratic Claire Fairchild, receives anonymous letters. They suggest, none too subtly, that there's a great deal to learn about the mysterious young woman, none of it good, and much of it involving the violent deaths of the men in her life.
Enter Amanda Pepper who, after completing her day of teaching English at Philly Prep, now moonlights as a P. I. along with C. K. Mackenzie, former homicide detective, current graduate student at Penn. The two of them are hired by Mrs. Fairchild to find out who the charming but evasive Emmie Cade really is. At thirty-two, the young woman has changed her address and name more often than some women change nail polish - and deliberately or not, she's provided no clues or access to her past.
For Amanda, becoming C. K. Mackenzie's investigative partner is an exhilarating change from the politics and problems of the new school term, and a welcome distraction from the ordeal of meeting her own prospective in-laws. She's determined to prove herself an able investigator by ferreting out Emmie Cade's secrets, but almost immediately, instead of looking at events of the past, she's forced to deal with the here and now - including murder.

Baker
& Taylor

Worried about the background of Emmie Cade, her son's enigmatic young fiancâee, Claire Fairchild hires amateur sleuth Amanda Pepper to investigate some mysterious anonymous letters that hint at scandal--and worse--in Emmie's past.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780345454904
0345454901
Branch Call Number: FIC Rober
Characteristics: 244 p.

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Apr 15, 2012

Oh goody, an academic heroine. Good series, good book, good mystery.

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