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".
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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!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Victor Bevine's interpretation of Lawrence Sanders playboy detective is note perfect. Neither Sanders nor Bevine ever drop out of character. Good thing. Archie's one helluva character.
You will forget this plot faster than you'll hunger after a Chinese meal. And you'll enjoy it just as much. Archie exists to entertain in his time-warped way. Once again Sanders invents a drawing room mystery right out of the 1920s-30s with characters who act and talk as if rock and roll never happened. But they do it on cell phones and computers.
There's only one warning here... wait a while between McNally stories. They're a lot like way-rich deserts and you need recovery time. I'll get the next McNally, a few novels from now, maybe when I want a good listen on my way to Hilton Head this summer. Sander's has created the perfect companion for a long ride... his name's Archie McNally. And there's no risk in listening to Victor Bevine bring him to life.
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.
Very relaxing book for a mystery...
The JP Beaumont series by JA Jance - also a very relaxing mystery series with lots of humour and tongue in cheek.
only in this series, I think.
Not an EXTREME reaction but a somewhat pleasant one. I fancy Archy McNally.
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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