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Tell no tales
Bland, Eleanor Taylor.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
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"In this new book, Bland's seventh, Marti MacAlister's partner, Matthew Jessenovik - Vik - interrupts Marti's honeymoon when the estranged, mentally ill son of one of Chicago's wealthier families is found dead in his run-down Lincoln Prairie basement apartment. Who could have cared enough to bash in the head of a man who lived alone and kept completely to himself?" "But at least that murder victim has a name. For this unlikely detecting team must also look into the discovery of a mummy in the closet of a long-shuttered historic theater. Who was the woman, and when and how did she die? The clues they have to go on are few and far between, and the town's secrets seem to be as closely guarded as the boarded-up building - there's no telling what a little light on the subject will show."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Eleanor Taylor Bland was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1944. She married a sailor when she was fourteen years old. She received a bachelor's degree in accounting and education from Southern Illinois University in 1981. She worked as an accountant at Abbot Laboratories until her retirement in 1999. In the early 1970s, she was diagnosed with Gardner syndrome and fought several bouts with cancer over the years. Her first novel, Dead Time, was published in 1992. She wrote the Marti MacAlister Mystery series. During her career, she received a Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and a Chester Himes Mystery Fiction Award. She died on June 2, 2010 at the age of 65.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Boston PI Angela Matelli and Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, police detective Marti MacAlister are geographically remote from one another, and their backgrounds are distinctly different--Angela is Italian and Marti is African American--but they are both members of the same clan: the sisterhood of savvy, streetwise, and strong American women who star in some of today's best mystery series. Last seen in the riveting See No Evil (1997), Marti this time copes with a new husband, a new home, and a honeymoon interrupted by a rash of murders. While on a tour of long-shuttered downtown movie theater slated for renovation, a group of local and state officials stumble upon the mummified body of an African American woman whose clothing and hairstyle suggest the early 1960s. Then reclusive Barnabas Cheney is murdered in the bare basement of a building owned by his family, who live in a Lake Forest mansion. Marti and her partner, Vik Jessenovik, gradually unravel the puzzles and ultimately find the connection between these two crimes, both with seemingly nonexistent motives. Bland has produced her most complicated plotline yet, and she delivers it with verve. In her third adventure, Angela Matelli is hired by Cynthia Franklin, whose identification has been stolen. Angela tracks down one Lisa Browning, a poor single mother who has used Cynthia's stolen credit cards. More is at stake here than credit-card fraud, however, when Lisa is promptly killed and an attempt is made on Angela's life. As in the previous installment, Missing Eden (1996), Lee effectively combines a fast-paced story, a well-realized Boston setting, and a cast of rich and sympathetic characters, including Angela's extended Italian family. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

African-American police detective Marti MacAlister and her Polish-American partner, Vic, turn introspective in the seventh volume of Bland's popular series (See No Evil, etc.). Both Chicago detectives are intrigued when the mummified corpse of a pregnant African-American female is found in an abandoned downtown theater. After Barnabas Cheney, the wealthy theater owner's mentally disturbed son, is killed in another downtown building, Marti and Vic suspect his murder may be related to the petrified body. Working with few clues (a missing picture in an antique frame, a Swiss pocket watch), the seasoned officers begin what looks to be a routine investigation‘only each promising lead winds up a dead end. Not until they start delving into Barnabas's past do Marti and Vic find a connection between the mummy and Vic's old police mentor, Curly. The discovery of Curly's possible corruption places a wedge between the partners, who are already stretched by their personal lives: Marti is having difficulty adjusting to her recent marriage and Vic's wife is suffering from a vicious flare-up of multiple sclerosis. Bland again engages the reader on many levels as Marti and Vic reevaluate their partnership while solving the case that could divide them forever. Agent, Ted Chichak. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

African American police detective Marti MacAlister (See No Evil, LJ 1/98) and partner Vik juggle two murder cases and troubles at home. Marti, married at last, faces stepfamily problems, while Vik must reconcile himself to his wife's medical diagnosis. Sure to be popular with fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.