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McNally's Risk: Archy McNally, Book 3 | [Lawrence Sanders]

McNally's Risk: Archy McNally, Book 3

The unbeatable master of suspense returns, in a wickedly wayward case of artists, models, and murder. If larceny is good for the soul, Palm Beach must be confidence heaven - so discovers Lawrence Sanders's sleuth-about-town Archy McNally in his third boffo baffler, McNally's Risk. Hired by a formidable matron to investigate the shadowy bona fides of her bubble-headed son's beloved, Archy is wowed by the enigmatic innamorata's purity and pulchritude. But when the artist for whom she posed is killed, McNally's job takes on a decidedly dangerous turn, and he begins to suspect the demure damsel might be both a poser and a poseur.
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The unbeatable master of suspense returns, in a wickedly wayward case of artists, models, and murder. If larceny is good for the soul, Palm Beach must be confidence heaven - so discovers Lawrence Sanders's sleuth-about-town Archy McNally in his third boffo baffler, McNally's Risk. Hired by a formidable matron to investigate the shadowy bona fides of her bubble-headed son's beloved, Archy is wowed by the enigmatic innamorata's purity and pulchritude. But when the artist for whom she posed is killed, McNally's job takes on a decidedly dangerous turn, and he begins to suspect the demure damsel might be both a poser and a poseur. Fighting his way through copious deaths and fiendish scams, Archy pieces together elements of a strange and grisly puzzle, including: a sealed letter containing a horrifying secret; a nude dancer who knows more than she reveals; a missing portrait someone would kill for; and a butterfly tattoo in a very private place, which could be the key to the murder spree.

Lawrence Sanders's latest Palm Beach thriller fairly sizzles with greed, glitz, gals, and gore. And it proves, once again, that Archy McNally is, as Cosmopolitan described him, "as amusing and rich as Dorothy Sayers' great creation, Lord Peter Wimsey".

©1993 The Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-10-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, Light-Hearted Romp Among the Palm Beach Elite"

    This is a fun entry in the Archie McNally series set amongst the rich of Palm Beach and a fumbling detective (Archie). It has the whole cast of eccentric characters of this long-running series in rare form. Of course rich people don't work with the police (even if it's murder), so everyone has to play a detecting role. You need to suspend a fair amount of belief here. The McNally franchise blends a lot of comedy with a mystery motif. It is getting a little dated (the technology used by the characters in the book is now ancient); so think of it as a 1970's period piece. The comedy outweighs the plot; so jump in and enjoy something very unserious!

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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 08-02-14
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 08-02-14 Member Since 2009

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "I really like Archy McNally"
    If you could sum up McNally's Risk in three words, what would they be?

    Very relaxing book for a mystery...


    What other book might you compare McNally's Risk to and why?

    The JP Beaumont series by JA Jance - also a very relaxing mystery series with lots of humour and tongue in cheek.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    only in this series, I think.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an EXTREME reaction but a somewhat pleasant one. I fancy Archy McNally.


    Any additional comments?

    For mystery readers who don't mind their books a little bit dated (no mobile phones or internet here!!!) and who likes lots of sprinklings of humour, a very laid back central character and style of writing taken even further by the excellent performance of Victor Bevine.

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