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Do or die : a Mali Anderson mystery

by Edwards, Grace F.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Fiction Fic Edwards
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Fic Edwards
Harlem's super sleuth Mali Anderson is back on the case in this, the fourth installment of Grace Edwards' beautifully rendered and critically acclaimed mystery series. After the singer in her father's jazz band is murdered, Mali sets out to find the killer, slipping in and out of the three B's of HarlemQthe beauty shops, barbershops, and barsQwith her signature grace and grit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Returning from a jazz cruise aboard the QE2, Mali Anderson's bass-playing father, Jeffrey, is angry that his good friend, pianist Ozzie Hendrix, didn't show for the gig. When Jeffrey and Mali learn that Ozzie is distraught because his daughter, Starr, a singer also booked to work the cruise, has been murdered, they decide to help him recover. Using investigative skills learned during her short-lived police career, Mali undertakes finding the killer, despite warnings from her detective boyfriend, Tad Honeywell. The prime suspect is Short Change, a pimp who introduced Starr to drugs when he couldn't seduce her into becoming one of his women. When Short Change is killed, Mali is plunged into the world of prostitution. She taps into her extensive network of sources, looking for a possible double murderer. Edwards meanwhile conducts another walking tour of Harlem, manifesting great appreciation for music and history as well as for the modern-day haunts and inhabitants. --Vanessa Bush"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "No longer a New York cop, Mali Anderson, the heroine of three previous adventures (If I Should Die, etc.), fights for her man and the truth behind a young singer's violent death in this highly atmospheric if overly ambitious novel. Starr Hendrix survived drug abuse and the lure of prostitution to sing jazz with her father, Ozzie, and Mali's dad in the nightclubs of Harlem. When somebody kills Starr by slashing her throat, her onetime supplier and would-be pimp, Short Change, is the most likely suspect, until he dies and the despondent Ozzie vanishes. At the same time, Mali, fresh from a memorable jazz cruise aboard the QE2, has a sexy new lover in cop Tad Honeywell. Ensuring that Tad stay faithful requires Mali to tangle with Chrissie, a local trollop in too-tight clothes, whose straying third husband might have been the last man in Starr's short, sad life. Edwards's fluid prose, punctuated by historical and architectural asides that illuminate present-day black Harlem, is impressive, but a fine style isn't enough here. Tad and Chrissie are respectively too hunky and too vampish to be credible. The constant cuts to shipboard passion and the endless jazz name-dropping don't advance the story much, and the more somber narrative sections, where Mali meets Short Change's current stable of working girls, don't expand the suspect pool. Edwards has done better and should do so again. Agent, Barbara Lowenstein. (July) (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
Subjects Anderson, Mali (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women private investigators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
African American women -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2000
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 256 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385492485
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