Claire Malloy makes her fourth, and this time unremarkable, appearance as amateur sleuth when a beauty pageant attracts a would-be murderer. Rehearsing contestants are shocked when a sandbag suddenly drops from a catwalk, barely missing the reigning queen's head. After a fall disables the pageant director, Malloy reluctantly takes over, finding it hard to fathom that anyone would want to kill Farberville's own Miss Thurberfest. Evidence mounts, however, as a shot is fired at the queen's car and her dressing-room space-heater is tampered with. Giddy contestants, a suspicious theater manager, an intrepid agent and a handsome master-of-ceremonies who is also a senator are several of the unsurprising suspects. A few good lines surface from the endless exclamations and adjectives, but for the most part this fiction cliche is for only the inveterate Hess ( Dear Miss Demeanor ) fan. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988 Release date: 01/01/1988 Genre:
Mass Market Paperbound - 257 pages - 978-0-312-94903-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 256 pages - 978-0-312-98291-1
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