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Cover-Up Story

(A Perkins & Tate Mystery #1)

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Nashville's Bart and The Cousins, in England on a road trip, have a chart-topping song. Unfortunately Bart also has an indictment back in the USA over an underage groupie. Keeping that hot news out of the London papers is a job for Doug Perkins, of the PR firm of Perkins and Tate. Doug soon finds that you can take the boy out of the country...but he's still going to run ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published October 1st 1988)
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Melissa Johnson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book takes the phrase “the client is always right” way too far. The book brushes past the fact that Bart is a child molester because he’s the big star and it was unsettling.
First in series of cozy mysteries featuring a London PR firm, and great fun. Perkins & Tate PR Ltd. are hired to promote and handle PR for an up-and-coming country band that is doing a series of concerts in London before making a pilot for a tv series featuring singing and skits. Let's just say it is the country music band from hell, and murder is inevitable. Written in 1971, when Hee Haw ruled the airwaves, just about every band member reflects the classic characters and acts one found on ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Can tell this is the author's first book - just not a very good story and I love Wnglash mysteries.
Ping Naka
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Douglas Perkins of Perkins & Tate PR Firm is having a hard time working with this Nashville’s Bart and The Cousins who is in England on a road trip. The Black Bart is out of control and abuses everyone.

This book has a lot of angry confrontation. A lot of abuse by Black Bart. The tone of the book is a bit darker for me.

The stage mother’s untimely death is ruled as an accident. But she exclaims “The bastard pushed me!”

Who is that bastard?

Doug, the PRO, has to play a PI role trying to find out
2.5 stars, waste of an excellent narrator.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A rather silly story about a troupe of American country performers that left the US to avoid some legal issues and travelled to England and the PR firm that had the misfortune to represent them.
Alannah Davis
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite nice British mystery about a hillbilly American troupe of singers looking for fame in England. Instead, they find that one of them is a killer. It's been awhile since I've read Marian Babson's mysteries, and now I remember why I was such a fan of hers a couple of decades ago. The humor is sharp and the story is well-written. I really loved this.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another good and short mystery with the Perkins and Tate people.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story, the main character, and the narrator.
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Play Book Tag: Cover-Up Story by Marion Babson - 3.5 stars 1 8 Aug 28, 2019 01:40PM  

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Marian Babson, a pseudonym for Ruth Stenstreem, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but lived in London for the greater part of her life.

She worked as a librarian; managed a campaign headquarters; was a receptionist, secretary, and den mother to a firm of commercial artists; and was co-editor of a machine knitting magazine, despite the fact that she can’t knit, even with two needles.

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