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Fragile Lives (Rina Martin Mysteries) Hardcover – December 1, 2008


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*Starred Review* A Miss Marple–type heroine, the charm of the best British cozies, and a plot packed with unexpected turns combine to make Adams’ latest Rina Martin book a winner through and through. While readers new to the series may find some of the allusions to events in previous books a bit puzzling, they will soon find themselves spellbound. Rina’s latest case opens when the body of a boy washes up on the beach at Frantham. The corpse is quickly identified as Patrick Duggan, son of local bad guy Jimmy Duggan. Apparently, Patrick was kidnapped days earlier, and because his father refused to pay the huge ransom, the kidnappers killed the boy. Rina’s friend Mac is assigned to the case, but before he can make any progress, more kidnappings take place, creating heartbreak for the victims’ families and huge pressure on Mac. But it’s only when Rina, 13-year-old George Parker, and Rina’s odd assortment of boarders step in that the action heats up and the investigation breaks wide open. The crimes here are portrayed realistically, but the novel remains a cozy at heart, with gentle humor and the requisite happy ending. --Emily Melton

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A Miss Marple-type heroine, the charm of the best British cozies, and a plot packed with unexpected turns combine to make Adams' latest Rina Martin book a winner through and through. While readers new to the series may find some of the allusions to events in previous books a bit puzzling, they will soon find themselves spellbound. Rina's latest case opens when the body of a man washes up on the beach at Frantham. The corpse is quickly identified as Patrick Duggan, son of local bad guy Jimmy Duggan. Apparently, Patrick was kidnapped days earlier, and because his father refused to pay the huge ransom, the kidnappers killed the boy. Rina's friend, Mac, is assigned to the case, but before he can make any progress, more kidnappings take place, creating heartbreak for the victims' families and huge pressure on Mac. But it's only when Rina, 13-year-old George Parker and Rina's odd assortment of boarders step in that the action heats up and the investigation breaks wide open. The crimes here are portrayed realistically, but the novel remains a cozy at heart with gentle humor and the requisite happy ending. --Booklist Starred Review, 15th October 2008
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Product Details

  • Series: Rina Martin Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072786680X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727866806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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