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Edited to Death Hardcover – January, 2005

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"If you are a Susan Isaacs fan, you will love ... journalist-cum-sleuth, Maggie Fiori." -- Jacqueline Winspear, author, Maisie Dobbs

"Strong focus, admirable prose, and a nifty story line recommend this first novel." -- Library Journal, January 2005

About the Author

Linda Lee Peterson is the co-founder of a marketing communications firm with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia. This is her first novel. She and her husband, a judge, live in Northern California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: 21st-Century Publishing; First Edition edition (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972262431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972262439
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,606,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linda Peterson is the co-founder of Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, a marketing communications firm with offices in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Philadelphia. The Devil's Interval is her second mystery. Her first mystery, Edited to Death, was published in 2005. She and her husband, a retired judge, live in Portland, Oregon. They have one son, one daughter-in-law, and one nearly-perfect grandson.

Linda is an award-winning writer, and a frequent speaker and lecturer on writing, communication and marketing topics. She was the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators' first Distinguished Communicator award. She has been cited by Inc. Magazine as one of the West's "new breed of entrepreneurs." Linda has written the text for nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, Chronicle Books' On Flowers, HarperCollins' Linens and Candles. She contributed the lead-off essay, Naked Parents in the Pool, to the 2008 anthology, Writin' on Empty (Cehn, Nye, Reynolds). She is also a frequent contributor to publications including the Chicago Tribune.

Her consulting and creative services clients include a mix of corporate, academic, arts, and environmental organizations. In the literary community, Linda is a frequent interviewer for on-stage author events. She has interviewed Scott Turow for The Stanford Conference on Publishing, and Amy Tan, Gus Lee, and Whitney Otto for the San Francisco New Main Library series. She co-founded the popular Sweet Thursdays literary salons for the Lafayette Library, and has been a garden columnist for Diablo Magazine and was a regular contributor to The San Francisco Review of Books.

Linda is a graduate of Stanford University.

Read more at www.lindaleepeterson.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on March 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Firstly and as usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review, this time via a LibraryThing giveaway. Also as usual I give my candid opinions below.

The book centers around a professional writer-cum-sleuth who gets involved in the murder investigation of her editor and close friend. The novel is set in the San Francisco bay area and the characters are very liberal; they listen to NPR, have wine with dinner and enjoy a very socially and culturally diverse group of friends. To me this was joyful and refreshing to see in a novel but if you dislike those who practice what is generally termed an "alternative lifestyle" then you will want to look towards another book.

To the positive side, I quite enjoyed the writer's depiction of the area and the people in it. It's obvious that she's spent some time there and she makes the place sound like an idyllic retirement locale if I should ever be so lucky. Her characters are vividly drawn, diverse and behave in self-consistent and colorful ways that makes them seem like old familiar friends that you'd really want to hang out with. As one who conveys people and place this author is top-shelf.

To the negative, the plot seemed rather flat and trite. I kept reading for the people but the plot seemed like one that has been played out a hundred times in a hundred books. There's nothing particularly innovative about the story except that it's been shifted to an unusual demographic. I religiously avoid spoilers so I can't say much more, especially considering this is in the mystery genre, but at the end I felt like I'd read the script for an episode of CSI.

In summary, I love the writing and I love the locale but the story struck me as rather a non-event.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kentworth on February 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Edited to Death is a wonderful mystery. I was almost going to say "wonderful first mystery" but that would make it seem less than it is. It's just plain good whether it's a first or tenth book.

The mystery itself is intriguing, complex, and satisfying. And it's got a good contemporary angle. But for my money, it's everything else that makes this book worth reading. The sleuth is sort of like Miss Marple if she had grown up in California in the 60s, went to UC Berkeley or Stanford, married a lawyer, and balanced a part-time career as a writer with being a wife and mother. Maggie Fiori is smart and witty-often too smart and witty for her own good. And she's got flaws, so she's not just out there solving other people's mysteries. I liked her most of the time, but there were times when I wanted to slap her and tell her to just calm down and be nice, instead of being so self-satisfied and pig-headed.

The other characters are all fascinating, especially three women, who don't all have major roles. Peterson has a real eye for detail and idiosyncrasy-as well as over-the-top-ness. An aging opera singer who worries about her "instrument" (her voice), a red-head who seems like she's caught between a Playboy shoot and a film noir, and a really nasty ex-wife (actually, I can't remember whether she's ex- or not). I wouldn't mind seeing more of these three in further mysteries about Maggie Fiori (I assume there will be more).

Finally, if you pay attention to this novel, you learn a hell of a lot of trivia, of all kinds, that's completely fascinating, like what "tete-a-beche" is and why anyone cares.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Golightly on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Edited to Death is a wonderful read and an intriguing mystery. Linda Peterson has created a smart, sassy, and extremely appealing character with Maggie Fiore--someone I wanted to hang out with and who I missed when I wasn't reading the book. The other characters are well delevoped too, and while they're not all necessarily likable, I felt I really got to know them. I was kept in suspense right up until the end...all the complex pieces of the mystery came together with a twist I never expected. I can't wait for Maggie's return in the next installment!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BECKY HAMMOND on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you can relate to an intelligent, spunky professional woman turned sleuth with a smart mouth, lapses of good judgement and the complications of life with an ice hockey playing lawyer husband, two little boys, dead lover and his male and female playmates and new job as the editor of a San Francisco magazine -- this book is for you. Richly described with lots of estoric references to music, art, literature and medicine, this book is fun for trivia fans and mystery buffs alike. I found myself looking for the next installment of the adverntures of Maggie Fiori the moment I turned the last page.
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