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McNally's Secret (The Archy McNally Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Sanders
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Sanders introduces his most disarming detective in this powerhouse novel of passion, murder, and unabashed greed
Inveterate playboy Archy McNally gets paid to make discreet inquiries for Palm Beach’s power elite. But keeping their dirty little secrets buried will take some fancy footwork in McNally’s latest case.
A block of priceless 1918 US airmail stamps has gone missing from a high-society matron’s wall safe. Lady Cynthia Horowitz, now on her sixth husband, is a nasty piece of work who lives in a mansion that looks like Gone With the Wind’s Tara transplanted to southern Florida. McNally’s search takes him into a thickening maze of sex, lies, scandal, and blackmail. When passion erupts into murder and McNally must dig even deeper to uncover the truth, he unearths a shocking secret that could expose his own family’s skeletons.  

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From Library Journal

Investigator Archy McNally agrees to handle a burglary case involving the theft of four valuable stamps for a Palm Beach society matron; from there he is led into a web of lies, sex, and blackmail. Murder is also involved, and Archy, who narrates the tale, has to sort out the scandal from the truth. A subplot involving Archy's affair with a beautiful antiques dealer may indicate his playboy days are over; he is suave and jaded but still capable of dropping names and bits of humor. Adam Henderson's pleasant voice helps the listener make it through to the end. Recommended for larger collections.
Denise A. Garofalo, Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“[McNally is] as amusing and rich as Dorothy Sayers’ great creation, Lord Peter Wimsey.” —Cosmopolitan


Product Details

  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425135721
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars South Florida sleuth looks for catnapppers and murderers November 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Archy McNally is a charming rogue. He's the son of a wealthy attorney, but is self-deprecating and doesn't take himself too seriously. He is asked to find a cat who belongs to one of Archy's father's wealthy clients and who has been catnapped, complete with ransom note and a demand for money. Later, another client is murdered and Archy suspects that the two cases are connected. He does some discreet inquiry and becomes entangled with a friendly female and an eccentric psychic. These elements cause no end of complications to Archy, both personally and professionally, and he finds himself in big trouble before the case is solved. This is a light and enjoyable read and will provide the reader with a lot of chuckles.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ARCHY MCNALLY BOOK ONE July 8, 2012
Living in South Florida makes the books of this series even more interesting. Archy McNally's first book not only introduces us to investigator Archy McNally, investigator and man about town, but to the author's view of life in the city of Palm Beach. I have told friends you need to look at Archy a little on the light side...lots of humor here with the story line. RECOMMENDED
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me reading October 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hemmed over the purchase of the book. When I started to read it [My first Sanders book] I was delighted by the characters. No one is what they seem. The first impression is stereotypes but I found that everyone had depths that you would never have attributed to them [Peaches too]. Archie who seems as feather headed as they come and is up there with the best.
The plot twists are tied together neatly leaving a satisfied feeling at the end. While looking for other McNally's books I discovered that Lawrence Sanders had died. I felt the disappointment I feel when I find that one of my favorite authors has died. It says a lot on the first book to get that feeling.
I almost turned it down when I read the reviews if you love Block you'll love this. I hate Block. I love Sanders. I plan on reading the rest of Sander's McNally books and plan on the others too. It was a pleasing suprise. Try it you might be also pleased and suprised.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Debonair Dick January 4, 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
Man this cat is suave. I purchased the "book on tape"version and listened to it going to and from my job and while runningerrands. Completed 2 tapes in 3 days. I especially focused mythoughts on Archie's wit and behaviour. The one liners aregreat... The lifestyles of the people of Palm Beach, FL. are a far cryfrom Elian and ballot counting. Which supplied to me a refreshing newlook on characters and plot. I must say this book kept me glued to mycasette player and mindful of the story even while not listening.Recommend it to people 35+ yrs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Mr, McNally! July 30, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you love a rich, colorful character in your mystery novels, then most certainly pick up McNally's Secret. The lead character is a loveable, albeit naughty boy, named Archie McNally. He is handsome, in his 30's, and still living at home! [Women, beware!] However, McNally does justify his stay at home status with his readers(rent=zip, nado, nothing!]. In McNally's Secret, you meet Archie, a Yale law school drop out [he was caught running across a stage wearing a Richard Nixon mask and nothing else..], who is currently working for his attorney father as head of "Discreet Investigations". Archie handles sensitive cases for his father's richer-than-God clients down in Palm Beach. Archie loves wine, women, and song--not necessarily in that order. In fact, he eats too much, drinks to much, and always seems to get in trouble with the wrong sortof gal, much to the chagrin of his unofficial girlfriend Connie. In this mystery, Archie must call upon Lady Horowitz (which should be spelled Horror-wits), a brash old gal who has married more men that Liz Taylor and has more money than Queen Liz. The mystery begins with the theft of Lady Horowitz's priceless inverted Jenny stamps, but the plot soon turns to murder. And only McNally has the insight to the case's solution.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother February 10, 2014
By A User
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought this might be a fun read after all the stars from all the other reviewers, but I am giving 2 stars and that may be generous. This is a vapid story, no real plot, no development of characters, and not one character that I cared a hoot about. I kept waiting for something, anything, to spark my interest and to deepen the story beyond its shallow level, but alas, nothing happened. And the ending was lame. When I find myself thinking ahead of the chapters and creating my own twists and turns, I know I am wasting my time. No thanks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catnip for the Light Minded November 14, 2013
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The first seven books in the McNally series are charming piffle, just great for totally escapist reading. I discovered them when I was going through a difficult (and time consuming) time, when all I wanted out of a book was diversion and distraction, and McNally provided it.

This is Archie McNally's second starring role, and he remains just as he was in book one -- the son of a Palm Beach lawyer, but not himself a lawyer, having been kicked out of Yale Law for streaking. Instead of lawyering, he works with his father as the "Discreet Enquiries" department of the family law firm. The enquiries involve the socially and financially well fixed population of Palm Beach, where Archie is social butterfly. He is definitely an eccentric, living (quite happily) with Mum and Dad, and untroubled by his lack of worldly sucess. He loves food, he loves women, and he loves dressing to the nines. Peter Pan in PB, perhaps, but charming.

This second novel involves a catnapped Persian cat, which is shortly followed by the murder of a Palm Beach hostess. Archie detects a connection, and the plot proceeds from there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Archie McNally
I was hesitant at first to read this book because I figured McNally would be a hard boiled detective but was pleasantly surprised by the book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a minute
Very entertaining with great humor and south Florida snobbery and color.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always amusing
Published 10 days ago by gloria hankins
5.0 out of 5 stars McNally
Good enetratinment
Published 28 days ago by John Brkich
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the McNally books
I love all the McNally books; the characters are so unique. Just the right amount of mystery and laughter.
Published 1 month ago by B. Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars One book only please
I bought one book of so many pages. To count the start of a second book as part of my purchase is fraud.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reading.
Superb suspense with a dash of passion, and luscious women at every turn. Sanders keeps you aware of your diet as well.
Published 1 month ago by Charles B. Arp Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Guyton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love's writing!
Lawrence Sanders has a great sense of humor and had me laughing out loud throughout the book. There's a touch or romance, a lot of mystery and great entertainment on every page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An old time pulp fiction at its best.
An old time pulp fiction at its best with well developed entertaining characters, an story line with twist, turns, and some romance, and interesting ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
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