cover image The Gold Curse: A Whodunit

The Gold Curse: A Whodunit

Herbert Resnicow / Author St. Martin's Press $15.95 (227p) ISB

The fourth mystery in Resnicow's lauded series features an ingenious plot, lusty humor and high tensions; the attractions in The Gold Solution et seq. Detecting geniuses Alexander and Norma Gold witness the real, fatal stabbing of coloratura Thea Malabar in her role as Gilda in Rigoletto, at the opera's climax. The victim's lover, billionaire Minos Zacharias, offers to pay the Golds an enormous fee for investigating. Advising the tycoon that he is among the suspectshe could have paid the killer as he is rumored to have arranged the death of his wifeAlex demands a reenactment of the performance. As before, Zacharias is in the audience; Alex and Norma are backstage during the repeat while the entire company duplicates their actions on the fatal night. The murderer's targets this time are the Golds in a hair-raising scene they play literally to the hilt. (July 28)