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Dead Beat And Deadly (Charlie Plato Mysteries) Hardcover – June 1, 1998

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In the third Charlie Plato mystery (after Dead Men Don't Dance, 1997), the gangly, irrepressibly curious part-owner of a country/western bar called CHAPS outside San Francisco will please fans of frothy, breathless fare, but not many others. Charlie has organized a self-defense course to be taught in the bar. Filipina Estrella Stockton stands out among the students because of the seriousness with which she takes the classAa seriousness that might have something to do with the bruises on her arm. Sure enough, Estrella is murdered, and Charlie finds herself on the trail for clues, helped by her quirky sidekicks and business partners: TV idol Zack Hunter; Savanna Seabrook (described as "an African-American version of Dolly Parton"); and Angel Cervantes, a muscle-bound mensch with a precarious love life. Estrella turns out to have been a the mail-order bride (ordered over the World Wide Web) of Thane Stockton, who claims that she was ruining his life by running up bills and beating him up. She even killed his dog. To clear himself, Thane asks Zack and Charlie to find the real killer. The malodorous but congenial homeless man who discovered Estrella's body has some interesting information for Charlie, as does a gay bank guard named Domingo Romero. Throughout, Charlie's narration is breezy to a fault as she whispers silly asides and parades a lineup of one-dimensional characters before readers whose eyes may glaze. (Aug.) FYI: Kensington will simultaneously publish the mass market edition of Dead Men Don't Dance.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Charlie Plato, manager of a country-and-western dance hall outside San Francisco, asks her business partner for help when someone kills a pretty Filipino member of her self-defense class. The victim's abusive husband seems an all-too-likely suspect. Solid entertainment for fans of the series (Dead Men Don't Dance, LJ 6/1/97).
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Plato Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575663147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575663142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,743,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Estrella Stockton, a patron of country-western bar, CHAPS, is killed and the prime suspect is her husband Thane.
Desperate, Thane hires Charlie Plato, co-owner of CHAPS, to investigate who murdered his abusive wife. Zach Hunter, a former TV star, returns from Hollywood after a four month absence. He joins Charlie on her inquiries.
The amateur sleuths soon learn that Estrella, a Filipino, had been seen in town with her former boyfriend, but no one can identify him, except that he wears dark baggy pants and aviator glasses, has dark hair, and is called the "Empty Man". Charlie continues to investigate the case even after her client is murdered. She is unaware that as she gets closer to identifying the Empty Man, she places her own life in danger from a murderer who plans to remain hidden.
DEAD BEAT AND DEADLY, the latest installment in the highly popular Plato series by popular romance writer Margaret Chittendon is all any connoseur of fine work can ask for. An ingenuous and crypytic mystery, witty dialog and the explosive potential for a romance between the two leading protagonists explains why this is one of the most sensual and exciting mystery series on the market today. The hero is reminiscent of Pierce Bronson when he played Remington Steele and Charlie is his conscience and though he doesn't know it yet, his heart. DEAD BEAT AND DEADLY has cross genre appeal fans of both the mystery and romance genres. This is another winner by one of the genre's most talentedwriters.
Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Iam in love with Charlie Plato.This is the stuff that movies are made of.Iam already on a waiting list for her new book.She comes alive before your eyes,and makes you wish her bar was in your neighborhood
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