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Something isn't quite right with Philadelphia bluebloods Neddy and Tea Roederer, benefactors of the Philadelphia Prep School library. Philly Prep teacher and amateur sleuth Amanda Pepper sees the first signs in the Roederers' son's glum manner. Then a more urgent problem appears: the crusade of the Reverend Harvey Spiers' book-burning Moral Ecologists--the same Reverend Spiers whose stepson, Jake, is best friends with the Roederers' son. As Amanda talks with both boys, she realizes there are much deeper problems, and when the crusading Reverend Spiers is murdered, she knows things have spun out of control. Amanda finds no shortage of suspects: Spiers' Moral Ecologist rival and erstwhile lover, his hysterical wife, his hulking stepson, even Neddy and Tea. Pepper is an engaging and forthright heroine; there are some nice bits of humor here; and the focus on First Amendment rights and censorship will hit home with librarians and library supporters. Emily Melton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If Neddy and Tea Roederer lived in Boston, they wouldn't have to speak to anyone but the Cabots and the Lowells. In Philadelphia, though, their millions can't insulate them from contact with Amanda Pepper's spineless colleagues at Philly Prep, where their adopted son Griffin attends school, or from the Moral Ecologists, the censorship mavens who'd be ludicrous if they weren't so dangerous. Now that Amanda has talked the Roederer Trust into settling a nice piece of change on the Philly Prep library, Neddy and Tea are on a collision course with Moral Ecologist loudmouth Rev. Harvey Spiers--a collision course that begins with the hanging of an effigy and leads up to the real thing. As the Philly Prep staff and the Moral Ecologists (``Don't pollute minds!'') trip over each other in their haste to embarrass themselves, and Amanda and her favorite cop, C.K. Mackenzie, sort out the zanies from the murderers, the unlikely friendship between two lonely boys--Spiers's stepson Jake Ulrich and Griffin Roederer--emerges as the heart of this story. It's a strong heart that, together with Roberts's unusually firm mystery-mongering and pointed use of clues, makes Amanda's eighth case (The Mummers' Curse, 1996, etc.) her finest hour yet. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Amanda Pepper Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345423151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345423153
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of this series, but this one really ended flatly and was unsatisfying on the whole. Without giving away the ending it is only possible to say that Ms. Roberts was not at her best when she wrote the "woman in jeopardy" finale. It just didn't make any sense at all. The overall sense of dissatisfaction arises out of the protaginist not growing as the series continues. While the relationship between Amanda and her policeman boyfriend does move along, Amanda herself seems stuck in Book 1. It's time for Amanda to find a new job so the author can expand the character and the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was a delight. The writer can really write--I loved the phrases and language--as well as keep up the pace of a good strong plot. Also the author knows how to set a scene! I'm going to backtrack and read the rest in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Philly Prep is as elite of a school as there is in the country. The Philadelphia school accepts students whose veins run so blue, they seem to be a royal purple. English teacher Amanda Pepper is a bit surprised that new money, Neddy and Tea Roederer, were able to buy entrance to the school for their child since it would be easier to hitch a ride on the shuttle than being admitted to the school.
Outside the school, Reverend Harry Spiers (whose son also attends) and his Moral Ecology group protest many books, including some considered to be classics, that are contained in the library. He wants them burned. Apparently the debate focuses between Neddy and Harry, who threatens to expose his adversary's past. However, the dispute turns even uglier when first Harry is murdered and then Neddy is killed too. Amanda accompanied by Mackenzie, her law enforcement boy friend, investigates the web of lies spun by both sides that has led to these violent deaths.
No writer of books today peppers their works with more humorous spins on words than the brilliant and witty Gilliam Roberts. THE BLUEST BLOOD is the eighth entry in the "Pepper" who-done-its and like the previous novels, is fast-paced, cleverly spiced with bon mots that enhance the literary writing while moving the story line forward. Amanda and Mackenzie continue to be refreshing, jocular, and wonderful characters. This reviewer strongly recommends the entire collection for readers who enjoy a humorous but well written mystery.
Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on April 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Clothes may made the man, but they remake the woman. Amanda had rented a bronze silk evening dress from A-list discards place to go to see how the bigwigs entertain in Old Philadelphia, known as the City of Brotherly Love. Her beau Mackenzie matched her in his rented tuxedo.

They pandered back and forth with a bit of naughty gossip about old Benjamin Franklin. Mark Twain is reputed to have remarked that "in Boston they asked how much a man knew." In New York, it was more important how much he was worth. In Philadelphia, the thing which mattered the most is "who were his parents?" Mr, Roederer's middle name was Franklin, which turned the blood in his veins 'cobalt blue.'

Amanda had led the faculty in gaining support for the grant to obtain materials for the media center. They had received a windfall from a Trust to replenish the shelves of the library. Two of her students, adopted son Griffin of the Roederers and the preacher's stepson, Jake, were best friends.

Griffin's parents were wealthy with pedigrees a mile long and prestige to match their money. They oppose the Moral Ecologists over what books might 'pollute young minds' led by the Reverend who is involking the First Amendment. After the book burning , there is a murder, but not one of the 'blue bloods.'

The beautiful cover has an illustration by Lisa Falkerstern of two classy ladies and one of the two men looks like the movie actor, Robert Taylor.
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