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Screenscam: A Rep & Melissa Pennyworth Mystery (Rep and Melissa Pennyworth #1)

3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Attorney Rep Pennyworth has the client from hell.... Charlotte Buchanan, author of a mystery of no particular merit, contends her 1997 novel was stolen and used as the basis for a 1999 film. She wants to sue. Rep would blow her off, but Charlotte is the daughter of the CEO of Tavistock, Ltd., the firm's major corporate client. So, aided by his literature-addicted wife Meli ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2001)
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Dec 17, 2009 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The threads of the crime in this book are many and tangled. I didn't bother to figure out whether all the points got addressed. That's usually not the thing in a mystery that attracts me anyway, I mean, I don't try hard to figure out who did what and why. In this book, I mostly noticed that there were a lot of interconnections among various parties. I got the impression that they all got addressed. Mostly I liked the book because of the very low-key hero and his movie-trivia maven wife.
Cluessister Williams
This is what I would call a Chinese Food book - great fun while you’re reading it but an hour later you’re hungry again. Rep Pennyworth is a lawyer with a semi-naughty sexual proclivity that doesn’t make him that likeable. He is called upon to do the bidding of the daughter of a large client – an heiress who wants to sue a movie producer for stealing her story.
My favorite character is Melissa, who he describes as “his literature-addicted wife.” It is Melissa who uncovers clues in the script a
Jul 21, 2014 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rep Pennyworth faces the client from hell: Charlotte Buchanan contends her 1997 novel is the basis for the 1999 film, Contemplation of Death. She wants to sue so Rep files suit. By return mail comes a death threat, a grisly version of "Hold Your Tongue." This book has an implausible theme and is not very inviting.
Sharon Storm
Aug 12, 2012 Sharon Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the main characters, Rep and Melissa Pennyworth. He is a copyright infringement lawyer and she is working toward a Ph.D in literature. Their personalities reminded me a bit of Nick and Nora Charles from "The Thin Man" movies. The story begins when a client of Rep's firm decides to sue because she thinks the plot of a book she wrote was ripped off to make a movie. There are several plot twists that make the story entertaining. The writer's descriptions of events and characters are ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some interesting plot twists but it was a bit bland.
Rep, a lawyer, gets tied up in a plagiarism/mergers&acquisitions case that goes weird. There were a disproportionate number of excellent, funny, cutting one-liners in this book, to the point where you wonder if the author has been keeping a journal for twenty years with these awesome lines and basically wrote some filler plot that was both over-complicated and over-simple.
Carolyn Rose
Apr 13, 2011 Carolyn Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fast, and full of plot twists and red herrings. Rep and Melissa Pennyworth are delightfully unlikely sleuths, but once they get going they make a terrific team in this tale of a stolen plot that turns into something far, far larger.
Mary G.
An interesting little book with a quirky story.
Sep 17, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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09/17/08 rec via Poisoned Pen Press Book Club
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