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Double cross
McCafferty, Barbara Taylor.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
231 pages ; 19 cm
General Note:
"Partners in crime"--Jacket.

"A Bert and Nan Tatum mystery"--Jacket.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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The sassiest sister act in town takes on the murder case of Bert's new employer--a high-powered divorce attorney found shot in the head in the office. After sifting through a list of suspects, Bert and Nan come face to face with a killer who won't think twice about killing again.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Bert is sweet, naive, cautious, and still smarting from a painful divorce. Her identical twin sister and next-door neighbor, Nan, is profane, bold, and considers black jeans appropriate dress for any occasion. Bert, hoping to escape her newly acquired job with the attorney from hell, schedules a job interview and has Nan cover for her. Unfortunately, the office is ransacked while Bert is away, and Stephanie, the attorney from hell, is murdered a few days later, leaving the twins once again in the midst of a murder investigation. Chapters alternate between Bert and Nan's voices, and the real charm here is their exploration and explanation of the special bond between twins. Along the way, the authors express some sneaky sympathy for ex-husbands fleeced by Stephanie's strong-arm tactics and some politically incorrect attitudes about the place of women. None of this is entirely serious, however, and the novel makes a good, fast read, complete with appealing touches of local Louisville color. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twin authors McCafferty and Taylor are clearly not worried that the well of their well-worn trick will run dry. The third installment in their breezy series (after Double Exposure and Double Murder) featuring the twin amateur detecting duo of Nan and Bert Tatum leaves no opportunity for doubletalk unexploited. Named for the Bobbsey twins, the Tatum sisters once again use their identical looks to solve murder. Bert, secretary to overbearing attorney Stephanie Whitman, asks Nan, a radio deejay, to fill in so she can attend a job interview. The reluctant Nan literally runs into a man fleeing after he has apparently broken into the law office. When Stephanie is later found murdered, police suspect the two incidents are related. Knowing that Stephanie had been a successful divorce attorney who extracted huge settlements from adulterous husbands, Nan and Bert are surprised to discover taped conversations in which Stephanie propositions these same men, clearly a set-up that provides an apparent motive for murder. McCafferty and Herald alternate using Nan and Bert as first-person narrators, which can be a bit confusing, but the prose is airy and entertaining. A subplot in which Bert agonizes over her relationship with Detective Hank Goetzmann, formerly Nan's boyfriend, further tightens the sisters' bonds of intimacy and heaps on another helping of cuteness. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Identical twins Bertrice "Bert" and Nan find double trouble when Nan "fills in" for Bert at work on Saturday. Nan glimpses an apparent robber, but police naturally ask Bert to identify the man in a line-up. When both twins investigate the subsequent murder of Bert's duplicitous boss, a successful female divorce attorney, they receive vicious threats. The use of twins as alternating narrators, the humorous differences in their attitudes, and the police detective boyfriend they seem to have in common should keep reader interest high. From the twin authors of Double Exposure (Kensington, 1997). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.