cover image Death Was the Other Woman

Death Was the Other Woman

Linda L. Richards, , read by Joyce Bean. . Brilliance Audio, $29.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4233-4969-3

The sad, slow blues melodies that start and end every disk will get listeners in just the right mood for this lighthearted hard-boiled detective novel set in Depression-era California. Joyce Bean plays recently orphaned Kitty Pangborn as a perky, private school–educated young woman, who, though grieving the loss of her father, relishes her job as gal Friday to Dexter, a detective who is going steady with his whiskey bottle. Bean excels as the women characters. Rita, who reports her missing boyfriend and hires Dex, sounds every bit like a film noir dame. Brucie, a sweet-sounding woman on the lam, has a kittenish voice. Bean's male voices sound more like an adolescent boy trying to lower his voice. Since Kitty narrates the story—and does most of the detective work while Dex is sleeping off his booze—Bean keeps this frothy romp bubbling along. Thanks to the brisk, upbeat narration, this is a lark you won't want to miss. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Minotaur hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 19). (Jan.)