Sunday, June 1, 2014

Confessions of a Murder Suspect-James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Confessions of a Murder Suspect James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Grand Central Publishing, May 27 2014, $8.00 ISBN: 9781455547746 On Central Park West, Angel Pharmaceuticals CEO wealthy Malcolm and Maud Angel are found murdered in their bed. Someone notifies the cops leading to NYPD Sergeant Caputo and Detective Hayes arriving at their condo. The police suspect that one or more of the late power couple’s four children (Matthew, Robert, Harry and Tandy) killed their parents. Brilliant teenager, Tandy analyzes the situation and agrees with the official assertion that the killer has to be one of them. She considers the personalities of her brothers: the fiery raging oldest Matthew; her twin Robert the artist and bellicose tweener Harry. At the same time she investigates, the police look at Tandy as the likely killer. The latest Confessions mystery (see The Private School Murders) is an entertaining fast-paced whodunit. Although none of the six Angels come across even slightly affable and the climax is very disappointing, the authors’ younger teenage fans will enjoy Tandy’s amateur sleuthing as she distrusts her entire extended family including her dead parents and even herself. Harriet Klausner

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