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Murder on a Hot Tin Roof by Amanda Matetsky
Review by F.L. Swinford
Berkley Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0425212939
Date: 07 November, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Who would want to visit New York City in the dog days of Summer, especially in the 1950s? In this historical mystery, Paige Turner and her friend, Abby, brave the heat and traffic in order to attend a Broadway play. Abby has complimentary tickets to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, sent to her by her friend, Gray Gordon, who has stepped into the leading role.

Gray's performance is outstanding. The audience loves him and so do the reviewers, who give him rave reviews. The next morning, Paige and Abby go to Gray's apartment to tell him how happy they are for him and how much they enjoyed the play. To their horror, they discover that he has been murdered.

Paige is a reporter for a crime magazine and she also writes mystery novels. For her, it is unthinkable that she will simply leave the investigating of Gray's murder to the police. She and Abby begin their own search for the killer, a search that takes them into the sweltering heat of New York City and into an artistic subculture few outside the creative arts know about. Abby is shocked to discover that Gray was living in a style she could never have imagined. Their investigation leads them to odd places and odd people, several of whom befriend Paige and Abby.

Paige is a delightful, irresistible, funny, and charming sleuth. She is witty and observant and Abby makes the perfect Watson to assist her. I found Amanda Matetsky's knowledge of life in the 1950s interesting and informative. In addition to searching for clues, Paige and Abby also diligently seek that 1950s rarity in the City - an air conditioned building where they can cool off.

I enjoyed this book for it's wit and likable characters. A good read with some good laughs.

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