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Subject: Can someone help ID this series/author?
Date Posted: 3/27/2010 6:29 PM ET
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Hi, does anyone recognize this plot, and tell me who the author is? I read it a year ago, have never found the next (I think two) books in the series. I know it was a female author.

divorced temp office worker who has pubished one book
cop ex-husband, who is getting remarried, and invites her to the wedding
wealthy temp employer writes new will, gives to protagonist, he is killed-his family (reclusive mom, dandy brother and money-hungry sister and niece ) are suspects
Protagonist's apartment is trashed
Will stolen from her purse
photo of killed client shows apparent intimate encounter with child
 --? revenge killing
she goes to genius but eccentric/hypochondriac female PI, who lives in a posh cottage
  with a british bodyguard/chauffeur and scandinavian cook. She wears only black and white. She
  takes case, but wants protagonist to write her memoirs/autob.
Protagonist moves into PI's cottage and the trio (PI, bodyguard and protagonist) solve case.

thanks in advance,  hrooster



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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:06 PM ET
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Maybe one of Carol Berry's Bonnie Indermill mysteries??

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Subject: Resolved
Date Posted: 4/11/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion above. I found it though: The Mother Shadow by Melodie Johnson Howe. It introduces Claire Conrad (the PI) and Maggie Hill (the secretary/writer) as a (sort of) Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin team.

It was a nice read.

 

Thanks...chele

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 3:08 PM ET
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So the author only wrote two books in this series? One, nominated for the Edgar, the Agatha and the Anthony award for Best First Novel, was The Mother Shadow (1989); the other was Beauty Dies (1994). A third, Cheap Tears, was never published. Wonder why the series ended so abruptly?

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 3:48 PM ET
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http://www.melodiejohnsonhowe.com/index.html