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Murder times two : a Reuben Frost mystery
Murphy, Haughton.
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New York : Simon and Schuster, [1990]

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Booklist Review

Reuben Frost, retired partner of the distinguished Manhattan law firm of Chase & Ward, and his ex-ballerina wife, Cynthia, regretfully agree to honor their obligations to Robyn Vandermeer, who has decided that sponsoring a reading club for her friends will fend off snide comments in the press. (It seems the socially ambitious doyenne of literacy causes isn't much of a reader.) The book to be discussed is Vanity Fair, a story that some of Robyn's friends think was a less-than-wise choice given Robyn's rather Becky Sharpish ambitions. Still, the evening is not too dreadful until Robyn's very rich and very alcoholic husband, Tobias, drops dead after downing a drink laced with cyanide. Of course, as in all such situations, everyone present had a reason to murder poor Tobias--including his wife. Murphy's dialogue seems somewhat stilted at times, and the story goes on too long, but he does serve up a most satisfying plot. Very much in the Emma Lathen mode, this fifth Reuben Frost mystery should keep the lawyer-sleuth's fans well satisfied. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

Inconsistencies and contrivances weaken the fifth entry in Murphy's hitherto admirable series featuring cagey Reuben Frost, retired Manhattan lawyer. At a home of wealthy, bibulous Tobias Vandermeer and his second wife Robyn, Frost and friends among the social elite are participating in a discussion of Thackeray's Vanity Fair . Tobias, drunker than usual, is supposedly creating a fine needlepoint picture illustrating one of the seven deadly sins the novel satirizes when he drops dead--poisoned. Grasping the fact that the novel and the victim's craftwork both hold clues to the murder, Frost determines to investigate all the members of the literary group.A second murder and a still more urgent need compel the unofficial detective to clear innocent suspects, including himself and the vanished waiter who had served the Vandermeers' guests. Capping the accumulated improbabilities, the denouement leaves one hoping that the author will restore Reuben Frost's reputation in future adventures. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Retired lawyer Reuben Frost, 77 and an amateur New York detective, has everything necessary to solve the poisoning death of wealthy acquaintance Tobias Vandermeer: an ideally located townhouse, an astute wife, political connections, and a personal computer. While eliminating names from a small list of suspects, Frost always remains self-assured (if not imperious), confronts danger without getting dirty, machinates events with a phone call, and even manages to squeeze in a trip to Brazil. A fine addition to the series, with attraction and asperity for all. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.