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How to Marry a Murderer by Amanda Matetsky
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Jan 20, 10

really liked it
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Read in August, 2007

Paige Turner would love to write more stories for the crime magazine she works for, "Daring Detective", but she's usually relegated to clipping stories from newspapers and filing. She has had some success in solving mysteries in the past, which is why TV star Ginger Allen hires her. Ginger is convinced that someone is trying to kill her - she claims she was pushed in front of a bus; that someone poisoned her drink; and that someone rigged a piece of scenery to fall on her. Paige discovers that there are plenty of people that would have liked to kill Ginger including Ginger's long suffering husband, Leo Marx; her sister Claire, who may be tired of living in Ginger's shadow; Claire's husband Rusty who knows Ginger better than most people realize; Tex and Toni Taylor who long for a TV show of their own; and director Thelonius Kidd. Even Paige has a moment or two when she'd like to kill the unlikable Ginger. When Ginger falls from the balcony of her penthouse and dies, Paige is left to solve the murder since the police think it was an accident.

"How to Marry a Murderer" is a delightful mystery. It's set in the 1950's and author Amanda Matetsky does a good job of capturing that time period, especially in describing the clothes worn in that period, and making it come to life on the page. I loved the little glimpses into the behind the scenes world of 1950's TV. Paige Turner (you have to love that name!) is a well written character, wanting to be taken seriously as a writer, yet caught in the restrictions of that time period. Ginger Allen is also well written, a bit arrogant and not very likable. Ginger's driver, Woodrow, stands out among the supporting characters, all of whom are well developed and written. Although this is not the first book in the series, Matetsky has a nice prologue that summarizes who Paige is and what she does so first time readers of the series will be able to read this book with no problem. The book is written as if Paige was writing a dime store novel, which is a nice touch, as are the bits of humor scattered throughout the book. The mystery is well written and well plotted, with some neat twists in the book. There are plenty of suspects to keep readers guessing whodunit and the final scene where Paige finds out who the killer is is filled with suspense and will have readers eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next.

"How to Marry a Murderer" is nicely done.
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