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This Enemy Town: A Hannah Ives Mystery (Hannah Ives Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 5 of 10 in the Hannah Ives Mysteries Series

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Agatha– and Anthony Award–winner Talley's predictable fifth Hannah Ives cozy fails to take full advantage of its intriguing premise: the victim is discovered on the set of a navy production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd. Ives, a cancer survivor, quickly becomes the chief suspect, since her fingerprints are found on the hammer used to fatally bludgeon Jennifer Goodall, who was the Naval Academy's sexual assault victim intervention officer. Years before, Goodall had earned Ives's enmity by falsely accusing the amateur sleuth's husband of sexual harassment. Stunned to find herself in cuffs, Ives loses no opportunity, once bail is posted, to seek the truth. Despite references to the Clinton "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward homosexuals and to procurement scandals resulting from the ongoing war in Iraq, the author doesn't make her setting convincing; even the scene describing a visit to the Pentagon memorial for the victims of 9/11 will leave many readers unmoved.
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“[C]ontinues the depth of plot and character we’ve come to expect from this...award-winning author.” (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

“THIS ENEMY TOWN is the best yet in Annapolis author Marcia Talley’s Hannah Ives series. The character development is magnificent.” (Washington Woman)

“[E]nthralls with real-life characters coping with the extraordinary circumstances of murder.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“[A] mystery that will keep you guessing and turning the pages.” (Medina Gazette (Ohio))

“The strongest, most moving novel in the Hannah Ives series.” (Sujata Massey, author of THE TYPHOON LOVER)

“A standing ovation for Marcia Talley’s fifth Hannah Ives mystery…A fine addition to one of my favorite series.” (Deborah Crombie, author of IN A DARK HOUSE)

“Hannah is as plucky and ingenious as ever - funny, self-deprecating and brave … well done!” (Kate Charles, author of EVIL INTENT)

“[The] latest gem in a remarkable series.” (Mystery Lovers Book News)
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Product Details

  • Series: Hannah Ives Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060587393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060587390
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Benrey on September 6, 2005
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Marcia Talley has done it again. Hannah Ives has returned to face yet another adventure that fans of Ms. Talley will enjoy. If you haven't yet read a Hannah Ives mystery, I encourage you to start. It's all here, intrigue, betrayal and murder set on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy during a production of Sweeney Todd. Honestly, yummy.
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This Enemy Town is a wonderfully, and tightly constructed mystery. The story begins with Hannah Ives being arrested and accused of murder! Someone has murdered the woman that had falsely accused Hannah`s husband Paul of sexual harassment a few years earlier. Hannah, a five year breast cancer survivor, and my favorite amateur sleuth has to solve this murder to save herself. The action of the story centers around a Naval Academy production of Sweeney Todd and the mystery has as many possible murders with motives as the Demon Barber has victims of a close shave. The story is loaded with authentic local flavor; you know the author has an intimate knowledge of Annapolis and its environs. Vivid descriptions, meticulous detail, and fast paced action fill Marcia Talley's latest Hannah Ives mystery which will keep you guessing until the very end.
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I've read all of the Hannah Ives mysteries by Marcia Talley and this is the best one yet. In particular the character development was magnificant. I felt as if Talley was sharing more about Hannah through her words and thoughts and action than ever before. As always, Hannah's relationships with friends and family are front and center, as is the U.S. Naval Academy, but there are new interesting twists like subplots about the dilemma of gays in the military and about a false sexual harassment claim against Hannah's husband. I have been an avid reader of mysteries by female authors with female sleuths for 16 years and am a book reviewer for Washington Woman magazine. For me, Talley is a great local find, for all readers, a great find. (reviewer Karen Kullgren)
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I've read every one of Marcia Talley's mysteries featuring Annapolis-based amateur sleuth Hannah Ives, and this is the best one yet! Hannah is a survivor - a breast cancer survivor - and those survival instincts serve her well in THIS ENEMY TOWN. Hannah not only has to solve a murder but also finds herself the prime suspect. Always comfortable conveying the charm of her Annapolis setting, Talley takes us literally backstage at a Naval Academy production of Sweeney Todd, where Hannah is building sets and real-life murder trumps the on-stage drama. Fans of her series will find the feisty Hannah in rare form. From rarely seen nooks and crannies of the Academy to the inner sanctum of the Pentagon, Talley unfolds a complex and satisfying plot. Enjoy the read!
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I've enjoyed reading a few of the Hannah Ives mysteries because of the local region color, but this one had too much local color and too little mystery for me. I got far more "I have been there and took copious notes" description of a particular building at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Pentagon than I think was necessary to keep the plot moving and the mystery seemed to be just a bit of glue to hold the "I got to go there" travelogue together. I'm a little leery about the use of "Sweeny Todd" too, which seemed to give more than was needed for those who have seen it and not enough for those who haven't--and a lot of irrelevant coverage not used to progress the plot. Talley may know how the theater works, but her experience is far different from mine--having been on stage on three continents. I was never in anything where the actors are in full costume and makeup two weeks before opening night. There were just too many little irritants for me along the road--but maybe, since I've been to the Naval Academy and in the Pentagon, I was just more interested in the mystery than what Talley was interested in writing about. Don't get the connection between the content and the title either.
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