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Reader's Digest Select Editions Vol 282, 2005 No 6: No Place Like Home / Twisted / False Testimony / This Dame for Hire
Reader's Digest Select Editions Vol 282 2005 No 6 No Place Like Home / Twisted / False Testimony / This Dame for Hire Author:Sandra Scoppettone, Jonathan Kellerman, Rose Connors, Mary Higgins Clark 4 Exciting Mysteries — No Place Like Home -- At age ten, Liza Barclay shot her mother while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. The Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. At twenty-eight, and happily married for the second time, Liza, now called Celia, is shocked when her husband presents her with a gift - the... more » house where she killed her mother.
Twisted -- With her energies focused on a baffling, vicious gang slaying and her personal life in shambles, Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has a full plate. The last thing she needs is a whiz-kid grad student claiming to have stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders.
False Testimony -- Cape Cod attorneys Marty Nickerson and Harry Madigan handle two cases in which their clients' stories are highly suspicious. Marty is representing the senator from Massachusetts Charles Kendrick, whose young staffer Michelle Forrester mysteriously disappears. Harry Madigan, meanwhile, is appointed public defender for young con Derrick Holliston, who pleads self-defense in the murder of Fr. Francis McMahon, claiming the priest made untoward sexual advances. Both cases explode: Kendrick, who had a heated love affair with Michelle, admits that he was with her the night before she vanished, and Holliston commits "tactical suicide" with a short-lived decision to represent himself in court. A mad scramble ensues to assemble witnesses for the Kendrick case just as Michelle's body washes up just a quarter mile from the senator's estate.
This Dame for Hire -- Detective agency secretary, Faye Quick, 26, 5'4", from Greenwich Village, takes over when boss Woody Mason enlists in 1943. She stumbles over a body, Claudette West NYU student, whose rich Park Avenue father suspects rejected working-class boyfriend Richard Cotton. But Faye finds secret suitors: lit prof lech, apparent con artist, killer?« less