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Blue Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Two years after her lover left without warning, Blue McCarron has retreated to an abandoned motel in the desert near San Diego. She's a social psychologist who is decidedly antisocial; her only companion is a Doberman named Bront?. When the frozen body of a street hustler is discovered in a meat locker and an old woman, Muffin Crandall, confesses to his murder, Blue is asked to investigate. Muffin pretends to be crazy, but Blue doesn't buy it and sets out to find the real killer. Along the way, she befriends a prison psychiatrist and ex-con. Together they stumble onto a child prostitution ring and a secret organization determined to save the young prostitutesAat any cost. Blue has to confront demons from her past, including her twin brother, who is in prison, and her lingering passion for her missing lover. Blue is sassy, tough, scared, vulnerable, and funnyAa great new character from Padgett, known for her Bo Bradley series (The Dollmaker's Daughters, LJ 1/97). Recommended.AKaren Anderson, Arizona State Univ. West Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Blue McCarron has a Ph.D. in social psychology. She teaches and writes while living reclusively in an abandoned motel in the middle of the California desert with her Doberman, Bronte. A minister's kid, she has an imprisoned felon for a twin and a broken heart from grieving over her lost lover, Misha. When a body is found trussed up in a public freezer and widow Muffin Crandall, 61, claims she killed an intruder in self-defense and then did some dumb things, including freezing the corpse for five years, Muffin's brother Dan hires Blue to free his much older sister by analyzing her. It is apparent to Blue and forensic psychiatrist Rox that Muffin's story is a hoax. But who is Muffin protecting? Who wants her dead? And, maybe more important, will Blue ever resolve her love for Misha and love again? Complete with commentary by a Rastafarian Greek chorus in the form of ex-felon BB the Punk, the witty, suspenseful lesbian-detective thriller is hard to resist. Whitney Scott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Muffin's much younger brother, Dan, refuses to believe that his sibling killed the man. For a sizable fee, he hires social psychologist Dr. B. McCarron (better known as Blue among her friends and relatives) to see if she can somehow refute the confession by analyzing his sister. After meeting the raucous Muffin in prison, Blue is convinced the woman is too smart and experienced to have dispatched a body in the place that the victim was found. This leaves Blue wondering why an obviously intelligent and hard-woking woman like Muffin would confess to a crime! she did not commit. Blue's investigation soon places her life in jeopardy as she tangles with a female conspiracy that forces her to dig deep into her gut in order to survive.
BLUE is an interesting who-done-it, fully constructed around a viable, courageous, and gay heroine, who will steal the heart and soul of readers. The mystery is fun and exciting, but in the final analysis, the author of the exciting Bo Bradley series, Abigail Padgett, has imbued her new series with a feminist who will leave fans feeling blue if more works are not soon released.
Set in the scorching desert of Southern California, a frozen body melts into a complex plot that only a writer of Padgett's skill could pull together. Her protagonist is a dropout lesbian psychologist whose insights into human personality include an explanation of the art of shopping that is a must read for all women who insist on taking their menfolk shopping and for all men who desperately need to explain to the women in their lives why they don't, won't, and can't enjoy a day at the mall.
BLUE is solidly scripted and enchantingly amusing. Populating the story's background is a group of women who, being post-menopausal, become figuratively invisible when they lunch together. By the final chapter the best of human nature triumphs, however temporarily, with the help of a caring brother, a line-dancing psychiatrist, and a fashion designing ex-con.
I know the ending, but still I want to re-read the book because I loved the characters so much that I miss them.