Slightly Abridged

A Nine Muses Mystery: Erato

Nine Muses Mysteries (Volume 2)

Ellen Pall

Minotaur Books

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There's nothing like murder to cure a case of writer's block.

Regency romance writer Juliet Bodine is falling into despair. Instead of writing, she spends her days staring at the pages of her unfinished novel, fantasizing about her inevitable failure. So the arrival of an eighty-four-year-old fan with a trove of yellowing papers to show is a welcome diversion instead of the nuisance it might have been.

Demanding, outspoken, stylish, outrageous, and still dripping with sexual flair, Ada Caffrey is everything Juliet is not. But Juliet's bemused delight in her eccentric visitor changes to electric shock when she realizes Ada has stumbled upon a suppressed fragment of the blockbuster memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Regency England's wittiest, most notorious courtesan. One week later, Ada is dead and the manuscript is gone. Could a two-hundred-old sexual indiscretion be worth killing for?
 
In Slightly Abridged, the second installment in Ellen Pall's Nine Muses mystery series, Juliet teams up with NYPD detective Murray Landis to find out.

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Slightly Abridged
chapter ONETeaIt is never too late to die violently.Past a certain age, we may be sure we will not die young. Farther along, we may wish that we had. But yearn for it or dread it, sudden death is always near: across the intersection, in the baseball whizzing toward the stands, curled into a spring in our neighbor's temperamental gas stove. So that, on any day, the full and shapely life we contemplate for ourselves may turn out to be, after all, slightly abridged.Ada Case Caffrey, the remarkable old lady whose abrupt exit from the world was to teach Juliet Bodine this melancholy

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Ellen Pall

Ellen Pall, a novelist whose prose has been praised as "precise, shrewd, and brightly amusing" (Kirkus Reviews), with sentences that are "good enough to eat" (The New Yorker), is the author of Back East and Among the Ginzburgs; she has also written many Regency romances under the pen name Fiona Hill. As a freelance journalist, she has written extensively on people in the arts for The New York Times and other publications. Slightly Abridged is the second in her Nine Muses Mysteries series. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

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Slightly Abridged
A Nine Muses Mystery: Erato
Ellen Pall

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2003
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ISBN: 9781466827882
ISBN10: 1466827882
288 pages
$7.99
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