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Don't forget to die
Chittenden, Margaret.
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New York, NY : Kensington Books, [1999]

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293 pages ; 19 cm
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"A Charlie Plato mystery"--Jacket.,
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Clever sleuth Charlie Plato, a nineties woman with keen insight into the wily ways of the criminal mind, returns to track down a cold-blooded killer in a barn burner of a story.

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Booklist Review

Charlie is part owner of a San Francisco country-western tavern, but if things keep going the way they have been lately, she'll soon have to get a private-investigator's license. Right now, though, she's one of the more entertaining amateur sleuths in a genre increasingly filling up with clones of already-established characters. Her sidekick, TV star Zack Hunter, is plenty appealing, too: not your typical one-dimensional star but an actual human being who happens to pretend to be other people. The mystery element here is somewhat tired: Charlie looks into the murder of a friend's partner, convinced that the friend and her brother, obvious suspects, are innocent. Chittenden distracts us from the story's familiarity, however, with an assortment of nifty characters and a knack for storytelling that is several notches above that of many of her competitors. Not a groundbreaking mystery, then, but a thoroughly enjoyable one that should please those who like quirky amateur sleuths. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Charlie Plato, part-owner of CHAPS, a western bar and dance hall outside San Francisco, engages in an affable fourth outing (following Dead Beat and Deadly). Charlie's business partner, tight-lipped Angel Cervantes, has always thought that his father, Vic, killed his mother before running off with another woman many years ago. When Vic's body is found in a storage locker, Angel and his brother, Miguel, become prime suspectsÄand it doesn't help that Miguel once vowed to kill Vic to avenge their mother's death. Angel says they didn't do it, however, and asks Charlie and Zack Hunter, a CHAPS senior partner and former TV star, to investigate the murder on the siblings' behalf. At Vic's wake, the two sleuths meet Roxy, the girl Vic ran away with, and Hank, her sleazy brother. Roxy claims she and Vic were a loving, committed couple, even though he had recently left her for a younger woman. Vic wasn't as loved by his boss, the contractor in whose locker the corpse was found. As she pieces together the deceased's life, Charlie gets threatening e-mail messages and is ambushed with rocks while driving. These mishaps only convince the indefatigably upbeat heroine that she and Zack are on the killer's trail. Meanwhile, the duo's on-again/off-again relationship heats up, despite Charlie's assurances that she's over Zack. The ongoing flirtation is lightly enjoyable, and though Chittenden's breezy prose prevents the buildup of any serious suspense, series fans will find the novel an amenable romp. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Charlie Plato, part-owner of a country-western tavern, dives into another murder mystery near San Francisco when local police discover a body in an abandoned storage locker. The fourth in the series, this features the usual inviting and bouncy prose from the onset. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.