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Grave Designs (Rachel Gold Mysteries #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Attorney Rachel Gold investigates the mystery of Graham Marshall, III, reputable law firm associate who left a wacky codicil in his will specifying that $40,000 go to maintaining the grave of "Canaan" in a local pet cemetery. But Marshall never owned a pet, and Rachel's job is to uncover what's really buried in Wagging Tail Estates. Formerly titled The Canaan Legacy.
Published September 1st 1992 by Onyx (first published October 1988)
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James Thane
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is a light entertainment that no one will take very seriously with a plucky heroine and an amusing supporting cast.

Rachel Gold once worked for the huge law firm of Abbot & Windsor in Chicago, but decided to go out on her own. She's happy in her own small practice, but is then asked to look into a matter by the managing partner of her old firm. One of the senior partners, Graham Anderson Marshall III has just died, allegedly at his desk but actually in the apartment of a high-priced call
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: legal-drama
Rachel is hired by the managing partner of her old firm to find out who or what is "Canaan." At issue is the execution the will of a recently deceased (he died in flagrante) partner in the firm who had added a bizarre codicil to his will two years earlier. This addition provided for the maintenance of Canaan's grave, which happened to be in a pet cemetery, yet to the best of everyone's knowledge, he had never owned a pet.

Kahn has woven an intriguing plot related to a book written by someone who
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise!

The book is well-written, lively, and inventive. It's about a lawyer who dies and leaves a weird codicil in his will to provide for perpetual upkeep of a grave in a pet cemetary. Except he never had a pet that anyone was aware of.

The epilogue was a little obvious, but otherwise, a solid read.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars for sheer entertainment and fun, although the ending was pretty over the top. Gutsy female lead in the form of lawyer Rachel Gold unravels a legal mystery with brains and humor and the help of some offbeat friends.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I had read somewhere that the author is a lawyer in St. Louis. Note: The book is actually set in Chicago.
The storyline and characters were interesting, for the most part. I could have done without many of the descriptions.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot. Easy to read. Went through it pretty quickly, which means that I enjoyed it enough to keep going every time I sat down with it.
Kahn, Michael A. - 1st in series

Attorney Rachael Gold, set in Chicago and St. Louis. A very enjoyable read.
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like this series very much . want to read all of the Rachel Gold series
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Pseudonym for Michael Baron.

Michael Kahn is a trial lawyer by day and an author at night. He wrote his first novel, GRAVE DESIGNS, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up." So he sh
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