Avon / HarperCollins
Date: January 27, 2004
Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback / Reviewed Uncorrected Page
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Reviewer Nancy Mehl is the author of
"Graven Images" and "Sinner's Song."
By Susan McBride
Kendricks was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. However, much
to the dismay of her high-society mother, Cissy, it didn’t
take long for Andy to unceremoniously spit it out. These days, Andy’s
“spoonless” mouth is getting her in big trouble. Her
close friend, Molly O’Brien, has been charged with murder
– and Andy is asking questions. The problem is, she may be
aggravating the wrong people, and one of them may try to silence
her – permanently.
the help of an attorney her mother hires to defend Molly, Andy looks
into the killing of Molly’s boss – the sleazy owner
of a restaurant called Jugs. The nice-looking attorney, Brian Malone,
advises Andy to keep her distance from the investigation; he doesn’t
want her too close to the fire. But, in typical Andy fashion, she
not only jumps into the frying pan, she serves its contents to the
customers at Jugs. Working undercover as a waitress at the top-heavy
restaurant, she thinks she can find out who really killed Bud Hartman.
She soon finds that the truth is as padded as her bra. Could the
real murderer be the handsome television evangelist who may have
been involved in shady dealings with the deceased Bud? Or could
it have been one of the other waitresses Bud preyed upon? And who
put the security guard on the job the night of the murder into a
Susan McBride has created a delightfully eccentric amateur detective
in this first series installment. The writing is fresh, funny, and
totally captivating. Readers will cheer Andy on, not only for her
abilities as a Nancy Drew wannabe, but also for her honesty, commitment,
and determination. McBride has scored big with Blue Blood.
I predict that this series will become a successful hit with the
many loyal readers of the mystery genre. Highly recommended!