RX for Murder

Renee B. Horowitz, Author
Renee B. Horowitz, Author Avon Books $5.5 (209p) ISBN 978-0-380-78619-0
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Paperback - 159 pages - 978-0-7433-0116-9
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The sweet earnestness of middle-aged narrator Ruthie Kantor Morris makes this an appealing if unexciting cozy. Ruthie manages the pharmacy at a supermarket in Scottsdale, Ariz. After two years as a widow, she is beginning to think about men again. Starring in her fantasies is a customer who dies suddenly after mixing his over-the-counter decongestant with either his prescription for hair restoration or his formula for potency enhancement (he recently married a much younger woman). As Ruthie investigates what turns out to be murder, mystery-genre coincidence joins romance cliche as an old flame shows up, just in time to be another suspect. Bland but believable characters and workplace atmosphere join with slow-paced predictability to make this a good choice for bedtime reading. (Jan.)
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