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Cold, Hard Fax (Molly Masters Mysteries) Hardcover – March 28, 1998

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Molly Masters Series

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From the Publisher

Now that I am a suburban dweller, I especially love mysteries that take place in these lovely safe havens, especially if they are funny and THE COLD HARD FAX is a hoot. Leslie O'Kane is particularly effective when she is skewering the gossipy atmosphere that goes with living on a cul-de-sac and she is even better when she takes on the world of the politically correct. I can't wait for more mysteries about cartoonist Molly Masters.

Amelia Zalcman: Director, Contracts Administration


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Gardening is not usually considered a blood sport, but whenever cartoonist Molly Masters is out in the yard she must contend with the harassing comments of her neighbor, Helen Raleigh, who once owned Molly's house. Then, after a particularly unpleasant confrontation, Helen is shot dead on Molly's property--and a shocking secret is revealed.

When Molly shoves her trowel into the dirt of the murder investigation, she starts receiving some threatening faxes--and realizes that one determined killer could quiet her questions forever. . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: Molly Masters Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044900158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449001585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,240,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Leslie O'Kane is the author of 25 novels--three mystery series, one women's fiction series, plus a pair of young-adult thrillers. She began writing when her son was a year old, and she realized if she didn't shut down her technical writing business, she would never achieve her dream of writing fiction for a living. She gave herself six years to accomplish the feat and got her first contract two months shy of her deadline. Like her characters, she loves the occasional girls' night out and dutifully follows the old saw: "A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away." (Which, technically, might be considered a misquote, but should not be.)

Most of Leslie's novels are murder mysteries, and she considers the time she was taken hostage in a robbery to be the beginning of her life in crime. In that particular instance, her knack for finding humor--something she readily employs in her writing--nearly got her killed. The robbery occurred at the bar in Boston where she worked as the head-waitress, and she informed a large, bearded young man that he'd missed last call. Minutes later, the man burst back through the doors with a rifle in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Although a couple of her coworkers screamed in terror, Leslie's first thought was: He's taking missing last call WAY too seriously. That observation amused her, and earned her a jab with the business end of the shotgun--which instantly sobered her.

Nowadays, Leslie continues to find humor in unusual situations and joy in her writing. She hopes to keep writing well into her well-aged-like-fine-wine years. (And to avoid armed robberies.)

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By A Customer on March 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
While on the phone in her home in Carlton, a suburb of Albany, New York, Molly Masters hears a shot and watches a body fall to the ground just outside her window. She races outside to see that her neighbor Helen Raleigh is dead. She notices that the deceased was digging a hole in her yard. Later on she learns from the police that Helen was actually Frank Worschem, a criminal allegedly involved in a $2 million jewel robbery.
Molly begins to investigate when a second neighbor is killed. She notices that another neighbor, Sheila Lillydale, is wearing a diamond bracelet that probably came from the heist. Though Sheila is arrested for murder, Molly knows that a second killer still is free. She worries that the second killer thinks that Molly has found the loot from the jewelry job and will come after her or her family, seeking the stash.
THE COLD, HARD FAX is a breezy pick me up filled with eccentric characters trying to perform incomprehensible deeds. Readers will especially enjoy the heroine for her bravery and wit. Leslie O'Kane has written an intriguing who-done-it that should garner her a wider audience.
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By A Customer on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Freelance fax-cartoonist Molly Masters and her family have moved into a new house, only to find that the previous owner keeps harassing them when they try to dig up the garden. Then he is shot dead on the property, the garden gets dug up rather more thoroughly than planned (killing the children's pet pumpkin in the process) and someone starts faxing Molly threats. Certainly not the way to make a good first impression on the neighborhood!
A light, silly dark comedy, this book might seem shallow, but it is also humorous and entertaining. Definitely worth the effort.
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Another delightful adventure with Molly Masters, who creates fax greetings for a living. Her mother and kids are funny, but not intrusive, and the plot is more substantial than most light mysteries. I liked the suspects and the wisecracks from Molly -- she's amusing, but not mean spirited. I highly recommend this book.
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This is my second Molly Masters novel by Leslie O'Kane and I'm glad to have discovered her books. I love the underlying wit that is interjected here and there, adding a little levity to the macabre happenings in Molly's environs. You do need to keep track of the characters in this one, though, so pay attention. It's a good read and I'm on my way to the library for some more adventures of Molly and Ms. O'Kane's other protagonists.
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