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Murder in the Family Hardcover – August 1, 2002

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Despite the presence of such well-known mystery and suspense names as Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark and Susan Isaacs, this uneven anthology of a dozen stories gathered loosely under the rubric of "family" is largely disappointing. Block's "A Moment of Wrong Thinking" (seemingly a Matt Scudder tale though the character isn't named) lacks the bite of most of his short fiction. Clark's "The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately" is nicely written but the plot borders on the obvious. Joyce Harrington's "In the Merry Month of Mayhem" rambles for much too long. Peter Straub's strange story, "Ronald, D---!," transmogrifies a familiar fictional family of cartoon ducks into humanoid counterparts, while Justin Scott's animal tale, "Cat in Love," features a feline fatale, a mink and a terrier among its murderous suspects. Among the more successful stories are Stanley Cohen's take on a Samaritan and a prostitute, "A Girl Named Charlie," and Susan Isaacs's amusing tangle of two families, one business and a murder, "My Cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray." Warren Murphy manages a clever twist on a frustrated son's care of his elderly mother in "Motherly Love." A stronger editorial hand-no editor is credited-might have helped, but fans whose expectations aren't too high should welcome favorite authors as well as the chance to sample new ones. (Aug. 6)to the Adams Round Table, a group of mystery writers founded by Mary Higgins Clark and the late Thomas Chastain, which meets once a month at a midtown Manhattan restaurant.
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The Adams Round Table is today's counterpart to the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Founded in 1982 by Mary Higgins Clark and Thomas Chastain, the members meet every month to discuss their craft, plot murders, find a motive, and create some of the best-loved mysteries of our time. Collectively they have produced more than one hundred novels, including bestsellers and Edgar Award winners.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425183351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425183359
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,550,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I thought I was buying a book written by Mary Higgins Clark. I am one of her biggest fans. The short stories were pointless and poorly written. One story was written by Mary Higgins Clark and even that was pointless. On a scale of 1 to 5, this rates a 0.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This twelve-story anthology loosely focuses on the title, MURDER IN THE FAMILY. Though the tales are well written, they lack the suspense and cutting edge expected of this famous group of popular authors that contributed to the collection and that of previous short story books produced by the Adams Round Table. For most mystery readers, previous Adams Round Table editions are stronger (see MURDER AMONG FRIENDS, etc.). However, die hard fans of Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Stanley Cohen, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mickey Friedman, Joyce Harrington, Susan Isaacs, Judith Kelman, Warren Murphy, Justin Scott, Peter Straub, and Whitley Strieber will want to read the tales. Yet even the strongest of loyalists need to keep the expectations a bit lower than usual as the gaggle of writers fall short of what each one usually provides.

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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lawrence Block,'s Murder In The Family packs in high-profile mystery writers whose new presentations have not seen print elsewhere. Mary Higgins Clark probes a father's motivation for revenge, Susan Isaacs presents a chilling portrait of a family which should not be in business, and Dorothy Davis tells of a letter which transforms lives in this excellent collection.
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By Earnley G. Dawson on December 5, 2014
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