Available Digitally for the First Time Murder takes a bow at the ballet, and cat-sitting sleuth Alice Nestleton pirouettes into danger… An actress led into a life of crime (sleuthing, that is) and cat-sitting, Alice Nestleton has returned to the theater-dozing in a box seat through a Lincoln Center production of The Nutcracker. She's happily imagining her Main Coon cat, Bushy, and all-American alley cat, Pancho, doing the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy when her reverie is interrupted by some off-stage excitement-the discovery of former ballet great Peter Dobrynin dressed like a derelict and dead as a doornail. And when the murder is pinned on her close friend, Lucia, Alice starts snooping for clues among New York's homeless to find the real killer. From flop houses to the elegant salons of wealthy art patrons, Alice is drawn into a dark, dangerous dance of deception…until a mysterious cat drags in the shocking solution to this pas de deux with death. Curl up with A Cat Tells Two Tales, now available in trade paperback from Obsidian.
Cat sitter, actress and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton returns in this amusing yarn. A derelict shot on Christmas Eve turns out to be Peter Dobrynin, who had been a brilliant and hard-living ballet dancer until he dropped out of sight three years earlier. Alice attends the dancer's funeral with her acquaintance Lucia Maury, who was once Peter's lover; when the two leave the church, Alice sees the mysterious name Anna Pavlova Smith painted on the hearse. Then, a bigger surprise: Lucia is arrested and charged with the murder. Thanks to her knack for finding whodunit, Alice is hired by Lucia's attorney to track down Peter's murderer. The investigation leads her to the ballet world's reigning royalty: Louis Beasley, the arrogant man who ``discovered'' Peter; Vol Teak, Beasley's lover; Betty Ann Ellenville, ballet critic and admirer of Dobrynin's; and Melissa Taniment, ex-ballerina and ex-lover of Dobrynin's. Alice explores both the glamour and the squalor of Peter's life, while Adamson ( A Cat of a Different Color ) deftly muddies the waters, making the investigation a trial for Alice but a diversion for the reader. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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December 11, 2012
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