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The Resource A cat on a beach blanket : an Alice Nestleton mystery, Lydia Adamson

A cat on a beach blanket : an Alice Nestleton mystery, Lydia Adamson

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A cat on a beach blanket : an Alice Nestleton mystery
Title
A cat on a beach blanket
Title remainder
an Alice Nestleton mystery
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Lydia Adamson
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eng
Summary
While house-sitting at the Hamptons, Alice attends a poetry reading that ends with the featured poet blown to bits in a booby trapped car. She is convinced a bell-wearing feral cat is the key to the puzzle
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  • The pseudonymous Adamson's 15th Alice Nestleton mystery (after A Cat Under the Mistletoe, 1996) finds the intrepid out-of-work Manhattan actress and inveterate cat sitter on a house-sitting job on Long Island. Alice attends a small local poetry reading after which one the participants is blown to bits in a car-bomb blast. Unnerved and resentful of the unfeeling homicide detective who investigates, Alice begins making friends in the community and trying find out why anyone would kill an amateur poet who plagiarized Edmund Spenser. Her colorful suspects include a purportedly lecherous painter, a gossipy novelist, a writer whose unpublished work is a dumpling cookbook and a trio of eccentric locals. Next, the house Alice is watching is ransacked and then the cookbook writer is shot to death and left with a tiny bell, like the one Alice heard before the first murder, placed at her throat. In her jaunts up and down the beach, Alice has been haunted by the sound of a tinkling bell, but the bell and the cat that wears it prove as elusive as the murderer. Despite Adamson's flair for words and the historical twist behind the murders, the story remains as insubstantial as beach fog. (July)
  • Perpetually unemployed actress Alice Nestleton, back for a 14th outing (A Cat Under the Mistletoe, 1996, etc.), has taken a three-month off-season house-sitting job in Hollandia, a tiny town in the Hamptons. The solitude of her ocean-front mansion, though, drives lonely Alice to attend a poetry reading at the nearby home of Maria Norris. There, she meets, among others, cookbook author Jenny Rule and aspiring poet Bea Verdi. Alice leaves the gathering just in time to see Bea killed when her car explodes, and to suffer minor injuries herself. Truculent State Trooper Dayton Coop seems to suspect Alice, despite a plethora of eccentric characters in the neighborhood: incredibly handsome young Nick Frye, who carries a loaded gun and, in the wake of Bea's death, threatens to jump off the town's church tower; Harry Bulton, a bitter relic from the glory days of the area's commercial striped-bass fishing; burly painter-poet Karl Drabek, and other equally curious figures. Alice, soon recovered from her wounds, finds the body of Jenny Rule on the beach; has her house vandalized; spies a pregnant, belled cat among the dunes; and, after much nervy nosey-parkering makes the tenuous connection between past and present that ended in murder. An unlikely story not enhanced by Alice's boring cats or by her constant state of near hysteria. Only Adamson's quirky, quick-stepping style keeps this one readable to the end. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1997)
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012055
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Adamson, Lydia
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Alice Nestleton mystery series
Series volume
14
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  • Nestleton, Alice (Fictitious character)
  • Women detectives
  • Pet sitting
  • Actresses
  • Cats
  • Pets
  • Detectives
  • Actresses
  • Cats
  • Nestleton, Alice (Fictitious character)
  • Pet sitting
  • Women detectives
  • Hamptons (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
Label
A cat on a beach blanket : an Alice Nestleton mystery, Lydia Adamson
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9780525943044
Lccn
96048596
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm35919307
  • (OCoLC)35919307
Label
A cat on a beach blanket : an Alice Nestleton mystery, Lydia Adamson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9780525943044
Lccn
96048596
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm35919307
  • (OCoLC)35919307

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