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Who Killed Blanche DuBois?

(Claire Rawlings #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  9 reviews
New York mystery editor Claire Rawlings spends her days scrutinizing the motives and methods of fictitious criminals—but her precocious 13 year-old friend Meredith Lawrence has a keen eye for the cold, hard facts of crime. So when Meredith comes to visit, the two mystery buffs put their heads together to sleuth out the truth about a real-life murder.

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Published November 1st 1999 by Berkley
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Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I was intrigued (duped) by the title. The Tennessee Williams character has no relation to the Carole Bugge character.

This is a light mystery that kept me reading. It goes back before cell phones to the days of home phones with answering machines and the OJ Simpson trial.

You keep guessing who done it - since everyone has something suspicious. You feel a bit cheated when the big clues come in since the foreshadowing is weak and the cover story for the perpetrator is stretch.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although the title sounds as if this is a flip and frivolous story, that is not the case. The Blanche Dubois who is murdered is a mystery writer and it Clair is, her editor, as well as the police, who take an interest in solving this crime. They are joined by Meredith, an irritating, highly intelligent and unexpectedly charming 13 year old avid mystery reader who has managed to wangle her way into Clare's life. As well as a good murder mystery we also get some very thoughtful writing on life's p ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When starting this book I've feared I would soon get annoyed by Meredith, the kid, but to my surprise I really liked her all through the book. I've enjoyed the story, the ending was a bit abrupt for me, though. But one thing that really annoyed me was: if you use a foreign language in a book, why can't you let this parts be edited by someone who really knows this language, and in this book, even worse, they used a really well known poem, just a few clicks on google would have solved the problem!
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A very good book for 1st in a series, fast paced and kept me guessing until the end.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this book as a quick pleasant read. I was rather puzzled by some aspects: the plot and the characters seem to have a disconnect. I partly chose to read the book because of the title but Blanche DuBois does not really figure as a developed character nor were there any real links to the original. The child Meredith is better drawn but the connection with the lead character Claire is bizarre. What parent in their right mind allows their 13 year old to go off and stay with someone they don ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am puzzled by this book. The main character, Claire, is befriended by a 13-year-old brat (and I am being nice to call Meredith a "brat"). She is intrusive, abrasive, and a smart-aleck teenager. It is unrealistic for the police to allow this teenager to sit in on an interview or to even answer her questions. Then to top off the lunacy, Meredith announces to one and all at the murdered woman's funeral that she is going to solve the mystery of whom killed Blanche DuBois. I was hoping she would ge ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I'd give this 3 - 3 1/2 stars. The book had a rocky start IMHO, the segue between chapters 1 and 2 was odd. The book seemed to focus a lot on Claire and Meridith's budding friendship and not as much on the mystery portion. The book really picked up in the end as the murderer is being revealed and it was definitely NOT someone I was expecting!
Joel Godin
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this book. Good mystery, great characters, and a very enjoyable read. Will be looking for more by this author!
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