Rushing to the side of her distraught friend, Lacy is horrified when Rose falls dead after consuming the drink Lacy poured for her, and when Lacy's missing fiance+a7 is identified as the dead woman's husband, Lacy becomes the number one suspect. Reissue.
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This is Eberhart's 59th novel of romance and suspense, appearing 50 years after her first, and the familiar elements are all in place. Innocent young Lacy Wales lives with her stepmother in the house on New York's elegant Gramercy Park left to her by her father. Because money is tight, Lacy has taken a secretarial job with a Wall Street law firm, where she receives a letter from an old boarding-school friend whom she has not seen in many years. Lacy visits the friend, finding her disheveled, terrified and, after taking a salutory drink with Lacy, dead. Before Lacy learns who killed her friend, she will have cause to doubt her own mysterious fiancewhose picture she finds in the friend's bedroom, her handsome young boss, her stepmother and that woman's two Latin American half-brothers, whose sudden appearance at the house on Gramercy Park is as much of a surprise as is the fact of their existence. The emeralds of the title are mined in Latin America and provide the money that's behind the murder and the soft-core mayhem in this novel's weakly contrived plot. Except for an occasional reference to highways and word processors, Lacy and company could have been lifted from a 19th century drawing room. Sadly, character is no more convincing than action in this poorly edited offering from a past master of the genre.
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Solving yet another poisoning death provides part of the contrived plot in the prolific Eberhart's most recent effort. Actually more of a modern-day Gothic romance, this mystery centers on a scatterbrained young secretary, Alicia "Lacy" Wales. Currently juggling an absent fiance and an amorous boss, Lacy goes to the aid of former friend Rose Mendez. Even as the two speak, Rose keels over dead. Utter confusion threatens henceforth with the introduction of Lacy's stepmother's weird and at-odds relatives, one a wicked stepbrother and emerald smuggler once married to Rose. Harmless and forgettable. REK
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Book Description Collins Crime Club, 1988. Book Condition: Good. First Edition (states). Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90716525
Book Description Collins Crime Club, 1988. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition (states). Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96075097
Book Description William Collins and Sons & Co. Ltd., London, 1988. Hardback. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st. First Edition. Collins Crime Club. 5.25 x 8. 256 pages. Ex Library book with usual stamps and flysheet removed. Hardback with dustcover bound in plastic as per library practice. Generally good condition the book is well-read and a little grubby. Dent to front cover. Binding still nice and tight, text clean and clear, some tanning to pages. A novel of romance and suspense clearly very popular. Bookseller Inventory # 110047