Dead by Any Other Name (A Janet's Planet Mystery #2)
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Dead by Any Other Name (Janet's Planet Mystery #2)

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Hunting the Hudson River valley for cast-off treasures is usually low-stress for Janet Petrocelli, a former shrink who now owns a used-stuff shop. But her insatiable curiosity kicks in when she gets a call from Natasha Wolfson, a high-strung singer and songwriter. The girl is desperate to unload her funky jewelry for a little fast cash so she can move to Los Angeles--and e...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published October 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink (first published October 1st 2011)
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Too many of the characters and events in this book are just not believable. The supposed antique store doesn't even come in to it, except for Janet to impose on her friends to open it for her.

The teenage Josie seems more competent and responsible than the adult Janet, cooking meals and supposedly taking a semester off from high school to do inventory for Janet's business. No public high school I ever heard of operates in semesters or lets kids just take one off. Does this alleged business woman...more
This turned out to be a great story with interesting characters, but I had some trouble with it at the beginning. For one thing, there were a few times when it seemed obvious to me that the author was man writing a woman's character; however, it did work most of the time. Secondly, the sentence structure was often REALLY horrible (to the point where it truly detracted from the text)! BUT (and this is a big "but"), the book I had is an uncorrected proof so I hope that Mr. Stuart has a talented ed...more
Retired therapist turned antique store owner Janet Petrocelli meets lovely singer Natasha Wolfson, and is shocked when the woman is found dead. Janet thinks that the "accident" that ended Natasha's life was murder, and she certainly was mixed up with a strange group of people, her family not the least. The background--the Hudson River valley--is interesting, and Janet has many loyal friends, but I personally find her character unconvincing.
Another ARC I got at Bouchercon. I should have looked at the back cover then and I'd have found out that the book was coming out this month (Oct. 8). I would have read it before the other ARCs I got.

Anyway, another good entry in this series.
This is the second in the series and nicely continued some of the story lines from the first. More upstate New York settings (her description of Troy made it sound a lot better than any part of Troy I've been to!). Quick, fairly mindless read.
Male author writing a female lead. The language in this book is a bit over the top. Also the "antique store" setting is almost non existent.
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I was born and raised in New York City; my first home was Greenwich Village. I went to a bunch of schools, including two years at a public high school, before finishing up at a ragtag prep school in Connecticut (the setting for my novel The Hour Between).

At 17, I moved to San Francisco, ostensibly to go to San Francisco State College. It was the late sixties and the classroom had a hard time comp...more
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