Titel: Pet Peeves
Verlag: Pocket 1990-10-01, US
Zustand: Very Good
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In Pigeon Fork, Kentucky, it's not easy to be a hard-boiled detective ... Being as how my office is over my brother Elmo's drug store, it's kind of tough getting the right private-eye atmosphere. Fact is, since I'd left Louisville homicide four months ago, my biggest case was the mystery of the stolen feed sacks. But things sure got interesting quick when Cordelia Turley sashayed up my stairs and hired me to find out who killed her old Grammy. Not to mention Grammy's cat and a parakeet named Sweety-bird. For one thing, Cordelia was real pretty-a Pigeo Fork 10, which was maybe a 7 or 8 anywhere else. And she was willing to pay my standard rates. Then came the slashed tires. The threatening letters. The folk who said Cordelia's dear old Grammy was a looney, and the ones who said she was a brazen, shameless hussy. It was a real interesting case all right. But nothing Haskell Blevins, P.I., couldn' handle ... TAYLOR McCAFFERTY has Published short stories in several national magazines. She lives in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, where she is at work on a second Haskell Blevins mystery for Pocket Books.From Publishers Weekly:
Private investigator Haskell Blevins puts up his shingle in Pigeon Fork, Ky. But there's not much business for the sleuth in his sleepy hometown--until local beauty Cordelia Turley hires him to solve a case that baffles the police. Her grandmother has been murdered, along with Grammy's pet cat and parakeet. The chase is then afoot, although Haskell pursues his quarry more with words than deeds. His wisecracks and inner monologues are breezy, engaging and, frequently, downright funny. Haskell g interviews a flurry of suspects: Cordelia's mousy sister Eunice and her brutish husband Joe Eddy; Delbert, Joe Eddy's sidekick and the town drunk; and lovable Grampap Turley, henpecked even from the beyond. All of this may be enough to keep readers from noticing, or caring, that there is little supporting action. To be sure, there are blips on the screen: Emmaline, Pigeon Fork's "cat lady," finds one of her pets poisoned; an unsuccessful attempt is made to do away with Haskell's dog, and the tires on his truck are slashed. But it is not until the last few pages that the plot switches into high gear and first novelist McCafferty serves up a satisfyingly twisty solution to murder.
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