When Darby's boyfriend Miles becomes a suspect in the stabbing of a Russian businessman, Darby investigates to clear his name, and discovers a slew of potential murderers among the wealthy tenants of Miles's apartment building. - (Baker & Taylor)
Realtor-turned-sleuth Darby Farr arrives in the Big Apple and finds big trouble: her boyfriend Miles Porter is a suspect in the brutal stabbing of a Russian businessman. Setting out to prove his innocence, Darby discovers that Central Park Place—the luxury residence where Miles lives—is a hotbed of wealthy tenants with well-guarded secrets. One of them is Natalia Kazakova, a billionaire’s daughter and the victim’s not-so-distraught fiancée, whose investigative journalism has caught the attention of Russia’s shadowy security agency. With the looming threat of Soviet-era spies and a long list of rich and devious suspects, Darby must work fast to stop a killer who knows no bounds.
"[A] twisty mystery, plenty of suspects and a touch of romance."—Kirkus Reviews
"[W]ell-crafted ... the reader will feel compelled to keep turning the pages before reaching the final revelations."—Publishers Weekly
"A fun afternoon mystery read."—Suspense Magazine
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Just before his girlfriend, Darby Farr, arrives from California for a visit, Miles Porter, a British investigative journalist teaching at Columbia University, has a frightening encounter with Alec Rodin, a Russian businessman engaged to one of Porter's students. Rodin demands his fiancée's paper on Russian real-estate transactions. Shortly afterward, Rodin is murdered in an alley near Columbia with an antique Russian sword. Natalia, the student, is heir to a massive post-Soviet fortune and lives in the penthouse of the same Central Park West building where Miles is staying. Far from saddened by her fiancé's death, she seems relieved. Miles and Darby, a California-based real-estate agent with roots on a small Maine island, enjoy their reunion in New York, but her curiosity about the student's paper, combined with Porter's investigative skills, has them probing the building scuttlebutt. Tidbits from the doorman, a nanny, and a pair of high-powered lawyers lead them to a decades-old story, as well as a long list of suspects, all with interest in Natalia's apartment. An amiable domestic mystery. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.