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No time to die : a Mali Anderson mystery

by Edwards, Grace F.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Mystery FIC EDW MYS
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  FIC EDW MYS
The indomitable Harlem sleuth Mali Anderson is back, this time on a case that will become more personal than she ever imagined. A bizarre and brutal serial killer is on the loose in Harlem, but this time he has chosen the wrong victim--Mali Anderson's close friend Claudine Hastings. The savvy sleuth vows to track down her friend's killer, ignoring handsome Detective Tad Honeywell's suggestion that she leave the investigating to the police. While the body count rises, Mali refuses to back down, tirelessly combing the "three Bs of Harlem: the barbershops, beauty shops, and bars" as she zeros in on the culprit. It soon becomes clear that the killings are centered in Mali's own neighborhood, and she fears that the people she holds dearest, including her jazz musician father and her preteen nephew, Alvin, will become embroiled in the case. But little does Mali realize that even as she races to catch the killer, he is planning yet another crime--and he's already chosen her to be his next victim. TheChicago Tribunecalled Grace Edwards's first mystery,If I Should Die, "excellent," and her follow-up book,A Toast Before Dying, "impressive." Now, in the third installment of the Mali Anderson mystery series, Edwards has once again painted--in the smooth and sumptuous style her many readers have come to adore--a portrait of Harlem that is both beautiful and haunting. Filled with vibrantly unforgettable characters,No Time to Dieis a thrilling and suspenseful plunge into one of the world's most fascinating neighborhoods.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Edwards' latest Mali Anderson mystery, set in a Harlem vibrant with music, shops, and colorful characters, an angry young man, mistreated all his life by an overweight, abusive mother, seeks revenge on successful women he thinks have somehow spurned him. His methods are grisly--garroting the women to death. Mali gets involved when Claudine, a good friend, is killed. Mali's involvement brings her into the killer's sphere when her gray eyes and offhand manner one day offend him, unwittingly putting her on his death list. She is distracted by a suspicion that Claudine's murderer is her abusive ex-husband, who has had a long-running feud with Mali and even runs her down with a stolen car. When she recovers, Mali learns that another woman, a close friend of her jazz musician father, has been murdered. The bodies pile up in this fast-paced mystery that has enough twists to engage the reader until the killer is brought to keel. --Vanessa Bush"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mali Anderson, formerly of the NYPD, finds herself investigating a murder close to home when a longtime friend is the victim of a brutal slaying in Harlem. Mali believes that her friend Claudine has been murdered by Claudine's abusive ex-husband, James Thomas, whom Mali has always mistrusted. Despite the doubts of Mali's police detective boyfriend, Tad Honeywell, Mali's suspicion is reinforced when a second victim, also linked to James, is killed in the same manner (strangulation with piano wire). Or is a sadistic serial killer on the loose in Harlem? When Mali is sent to the hospital after someone tries to run her down, she vows to solve the case. Edwards's supporting cast, which includes Mali's jazz musician father, fleshes out the story, which is told in a mixed first- and third-person narration, in the manner of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. Many of the scenes are set in the restaurants and nightclubs of modern-day Harlem, brought vividly to life. Weakening the tale is the sad but stereotypical background of the murderer and an easily foreseen ending. The intriguing look offered inside its unusual locale makes this mystery, third in the series (after A Toast Before Dying), worth reading despite its predictability. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Mali Anderson mystery
#1 - If I should die
#2 - A Toast before dying
#3 - No time to die
#4 - Do or die
Publisher New York :Doubleday,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 258 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0385492472
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