Hunting the Hudson River valley for cast-off treasures is usually low-stress for Janet Petrocelli, a former shrink who now owns a used-stuff shop. But her insatiable curiosity kicks in when she gets a call from Natasha Wolfson, a high-strung singer and songwriter. The girl is desperate to unload her funky jewelry for a little fast cash so she can ...
Hunting the Hudson River valley for cast-off treasures is usually low-stress for Janet Petrocelli, a former shrink who now owns a used-stuff shop. But her insatiable curiosity kicks in when she gets a call from Natasha Wolfson, a high-strung singer and songwriter. The girl is desperate to unload her funky jewelry for a little fast cash so she can move to Los Angeles--and escape some serious trouble. Hours after meeting with Janet, the tormented rising star allegedly leaps to her death. Suspecting foul play, Janet noses into Natasha's life and gets drawn into an eccentric enclave ruled by the rich and infamous. From a hotbed of corruption at the New York State capital to an exotic pleasure house hidden deep in the Catskills, Janet's obsession with the case leads her closer to the shocking truth.
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-08-08 At the start of Stuart's diverting second Janet's Planet mystery set in the Hudson Valley (after 2010's To the Manor Dead), Janet Petrocelli receives a call from Natasha Wolfson, a local singer trying to raise cash to go to L.A., about selling some of her jewelry to Janet's second-hand shop. Janet is happy to oblige, but Natasha strikes her as "really desperate, scared, and probably high." When she learns that Natasha later took a fatal fall at Devil's Kitchen, one of the most treacherous climbs in the Catskills, she suspects the singer's death was no accident. Janet, a former psychologist, embarks on a wild goose chase that involves bestselling authors, a prostitution ring, and a mysterious eastern European. Readers who are familiar with upstate New York's colorful cultures will surely get a kick out of Janet's wry assessments of the area's zany characters and picturesque places. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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