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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Twist and Shout Murder

**** Twist and Shout Murder by Rosemary Martin. Mystery.

This is the second book in the Murder-A-Go-Go series, following It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod Murder (#3).

Set in the 60s, perky Bebe Bennett is still secretary of modeling agency head Bradley Williams, and still dreaming of one day becoming Mrs. Williams. Even though he's currently dating the company's lead model, Suzie.

In fact, he's spending the night with Suzie when he steps out for some chocolate sauce, and returns to find Suzie's been murdered. Since he's the only one without an alibi, the police seem convinced of his guilt, and it's up to Bebe and her stewardess roommate Darlene to prove his innocence.

It remains a cute series, capturing the attitudes of the time (at least those of the population that's depicted) quite well. The brand-name-dropping doesn't seem as intrusive as it did in the first book, though it does suffer from the usual problem with amateur sleuth series: finding a good excuse for the sleuth to involve themselves in a crime.
Bebe's naivete got a little hard to swallow in this story, but not so much that I can't excuse it away as willful ignorance.

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