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In the seventh installment of Barbara Block's critically-acclaimed mystery series, private investigator Robin Light sets out to uncover the truth about an elderly heiress' connection to an enigmatic stranger who may -- or may not -- be communicating with the dead. With Syracuse suffocating under a shroud of relentless summer heat, Robin Light's exotic pet store business is slow -- and her semi-pro detective business is even slower. But Robin's seasonal tedium and her financial crisis are about to be remedied, thanks to a trio of adult siblings who are certain something sinister is simmering at their widowed mother's mansion. Rose Taylor's children -- Hillary, Louis and Amy -- are convinced their inheritance is being squandered by their mother, whom they believe is the unwitting victim of a scam. The con woman in question: so-called pet psychic Pat Humphrey, who located Rose's supposedly kidnapped cat and won not just a substantial reward, but the woman's undying gratitude -- and a place inher will. Assuming she's a fraud, Robin visits Humphrey, posing as a client seeking advice about her dog -- and comes away with startling evidence that the woman might just be the real thing. Then Pat Humphrey disappears -- just as the body of the Taylors' buxom maid is found floating in the swimming pool. As the sizzling dog days unfold, Robin finds herself embroiled in a case that takes one shocking twist after another, as she tracks a cold-blooded killer.
For Robin Light, running a pet store is a decent way to make a living -- but solving the occasional crime is much more interesting. So when neighborhood tough kid Manuel and his cousin, Eli, wander into her shop with a wild story about a suitcase full of smuggled Cuban cigars, Robin can't resist nosing around. But when Eli's roommate turns up dead, Robin discovers she may be next in line.
It's raining in Syracuse. Amateur sleuth Robin Light half-wishes her pet store, Noah's Ark, would just get up and float away--,business is that bad. A client finally comes calling--,only to wind up dead a few days later. . .floating in the local reservoir. If there's one thing Robin's sure of it's that Marsha Pennington didn't kill herself. Not when the dead woman's malicious husband was fighting for custody of Marsha's beloved twin Shih Tzus. Fueled by her diet of junk food and Scotch, and with some much-needed help from her ex-cop friend George Simpson, Robin searches for the link between the woman's murder, a runaway student, a bookie, and an incredible epidemic of bats. But for Robin, it's already too late. She has been marked for certain extinction by a vicious killer who waits. . .in plain sight.
In the eighth installment of Block's critically-acclaimed mystery series, private investigator Robin Light takes on what seems to be a routine missing person case--and finds herself entangled with murder and the Russian mob.
"In The Scent of Murder, Robin, a single woman who finds reptiles, birds and mammals a lot less complicated than her fellow homo sapiens, is back in action, pursuing a vanished teenager through a seamy underworld of drugs, violence and murder. " "Robin was behind the fish tanks of her Syracuse pet shop when the girl walked in the door. Fifteen-year-old Amy Richmond wasn't the type you could forget, not with her electric blue hair, corpse-white lipstick, and in-your-face nose ring. The ferret she was holding was albino, and wearing a rhinestone halter. But her appearance paled beside the message she had for Robin: "Murphy said you'd help me. "" "The very words sent chills down Robin's spine. Murphy was her ex-husband, who'd lived fast and died too young. A troubled, secretive man, he'd concealed a lot of things from his wife. Like the fact that Amy was his daughter. But soon Amy will need more help than Robin can give her: she has just become the prime suspect in the cold-blooded killing of her stepfather, the wealthy, powerful Dennis Richmond. " "Suddenly Robin finds herself moving between the exclusive, privileged circles in which Amy grew up and the edgy, drug-infested world of squalor into which she seems to have disappeared. Hitting up on her street connections - including a hip ne'er-do-well named Manuel - Robin gets plugged into a secret network of runaways, addicts and strippers, where a street-level lowlife and electronics genius named Toon Town appears to be calling all the shots. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Robin is trying to find out why a young college student vanished without a trace. But if Melissa met with foul play, why did she take her clothes, her purse, and her cash? Combing the campus for clues, Robin is placed in deadly jeopardy as the secret pasts of a surprising array of suspects come to light.
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