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How to Succeed in Murder: A Charley Fairfax Mystery (Charley Fairfax mystery #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Charley Fairfax -- heiress, theatrical producer, newlywed--is intent on living happily ever after with her tall, dark, and sarcastic husband Jack. The only mysteries before her are which play to choose for next season and how to decorate her dining room.
But when Jack is hired to investigate mysterious events at a local San Francisco software company where high-tech executi
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Hardcover, 269 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2006)
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Kathy
Jun 28, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm conflicted about how I feel about this book. All in all it was a light little mystery set in the California computer-industry that read quickly and was entertaining. However, the whole thirty-something characters with some sense of entitlement was off-putting. The main character has inherited LOTS of money and has never worked a day in her life. Her husband and some of her friends, who have, are more interesting in some ways. I do acknowledge that Charley does "work" with the community theat ...more
Jaime Leigh
Aug 01, 2014 Jaime Leigh rated it liked it
How to Succeed in Murder is the second book in an adult mystery series by Margret Dumas. I have not read the first one, but I don't think that put me at a disadvantage while reading this book, in terms of understanding the setting and the narrator, along with some if the prevalent side characters. Overall the book was witty, with fun characters and a decent plot line but there were a couple of things that bothered me. One, the excessive use of page breaks. Two, some unneeded conversations and ba ...more
Rainy Day
Dec 09, 2011 Rainy Day rated it really liked it
How to Succeed in Murder is an entertaining read. The main character Charley is neurotic and witty. Charley’s acting cohorts are bizarre and add a humorous element to the story. Jack, her new husband, is too good to be true, but a mystery can always use a hunky, too perfect guy, to go with it. The plot is ok, but the characters keep me interested. The side issues involving the newlywed’s house and Charley’s uncle added a degree of oddness that I enjoyed. I recommend this book, if you want a ligh ...more
Kristen
Feb 10, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was quite boring. The characters seemed more flat and stereotypical in this novel, and the mystery was solved by a lot of talking, not a lot of action. That would have been ok if the conversations were interesting, but I was bored to tears through most of it.
Grey853
Jun 10, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
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This was a disappointing follow up to the first book. That's partly because the mystery revolved around computers and going undercover in that world. I got bored.
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