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Other people's skeletons
Smith, Julie, 1944-
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Standard print hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.

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232 pages ; 22 cm.
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"A Rebecca Schwartz mystery"--Cover.
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Even Rebecca Schwartz is nonplussed when she learns that Chris Nicholson, her law partner and best friend, is a suspect in a murder case. Chris says she has an alibi, but she won't say what it is. Rebecca has to wonder what could be so shameful that she can't even tell her best friend. She's amazed when she learns that her partner has a secret life as did the victim. One thing is certain: if Rebecca doesn't shake some skeletons from closets - and fast - Chris is going to prison.

Author Notes

Mystery author Julie Smith was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1944. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she moved to New Orleans and wrote features for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. After a year, she moved to San Francisco and got a job at the San Francisco Chronicle. Fourteen years later, she left to form a freelance writing firm called Invisible Ink with two other women. In 1982, her first novel, Death Turns a Trick, was published. Since becoming a full-time author, she has written over twenty novels including the ones in the Rebecca Schwartz Mystery series, the Paul McDonald Mystery series, the Skip Langdon Mystery series, and the Talba Wallis series. Her novel, New Orleans Mourning, won the 1991 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz again turns to sleuthing when her partner, Chris Nicholson, becomes a prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of Chronicle arts critic Jason McKendrick . Chris says she didn't even know the victim, but an eyewitness places her car at the crime scene. Her alibi could get laughed out of court: she was with a group of fellow psychics, and everyone was in ``deep trance.'' Rob Burns, a Chronicle reporter and Rebecca's ex-boyfriend, suggests that they cooperate to find the murderer. As they dig, Jason's life emerges like a puzzle of mismatched pieces: a glamorous job, a depressing hovel of a home and an array of women friends who offer strikingly different perspectives on him. Soon Chris's psychic chums, who ooze sincerity, use their otherworldly skills to nudge the investigation in the right direction. Although Jason's death emerges as one of a series of unhappy events in the lives of some people who have been cruelly mangled by fate, this fact--like a frightening medical problem that Rebecca develops--fails to lend substance to the tale, which doesn't compare with Smith's ( Jazz Funeral ) best. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved