This novel begins about five or six hours after the action of
Have the Right To Remain Silent ends.
The story: Marian Larch is thoroughly disgruntled with the NYPD and plans
to resign as soon as a few loose ends are tied up. But before she can
take the final step, her friend Kelly Ingram calls, yelling for help.
Someone has burglarized the theater where Kelly is performing nightly in
Abigail James's The Apostrophe Thief. Nothing of great value has
been taken -- only scripts, a few costumes, small personal items belonging
to the cast.
Marian's captain is only too glad to get Marian out of his hair by lending
her to the Midtown South Precinct, which has jurisdiction over most of New York's
theater district. Her investigation leads her into the world of showbiz
collectibles and into contact with the odd and varied people who live there.
To her surprise, Marian finds she is enjoying herself.
Adding to that enjoyment (in a perplexing sort of way) is
one of the FBI agents from You Have the Right To Remain Silent.
Marian is drawn to this prickly, secretive man in a way she doesn't quite
understand. But Holland clearly intends to make himself part of her life.
By a circuitous route, Marian is able to identify the man who burglarized
the theater. But when she finds him, she finds him dead. Her friendly
little case has turned into a homicide.
The writing: Sheer fun, from beginning to end...a recovery period for
Marian following the stresses of Silent. Not only did this story let
me revisit the theater, which I always enjoy, but it also shows Marian
rediscovering her love of the hunt. This book marks the second appearance
of Captain James Murtaugh (Kill Fee), who will now be a recurring
character in the Marian Larch series.
"Prolific mystery author Paul offers an entertaining tale of murder
in the New York theater district...In spite of her bad case of career
burnout, Larch becomes engrossed in the case...and realizes there's
more to the crime than simple theft. In the process of uncovering the
real motive, she discovers that her love affair with police work is just
beginning. A nice blend of humor, romance, and suspense plus an original
plot and Larch's appealing, down-to-earth approach to life make this a
pleasant read and a worthwhile purchase."
2. The Armchair Detective:
"Like any good mystery, the plot is involved and convoluted, leading
to surprising and unusual people and places. There is also a good deal
of fascinating information about collectors of theater memorabilia,
typical of the bonuses I've come to expect in Paul's books. Marian's
logic, intuition, and good standard police work solve the case in a
tightly-plotted, step-by-step conclusion and bring the story to a
3. Richmond Times-Dispatch:
"The world of the theater, with its temperamental actors and eccentric
fans, provides an appealing backdrop to the action in this police
procedural with personal overtones."
4. Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem:
"I think you'll really like New York police detective Marian Larch.
She's a real person, and you'll appreciate that....Enjoy!"