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Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2014]
viii, 320 pages ; 21 cm.
"Darby arrives in Manhattan for a much-anticipated visit with Miles Porter -- and to find a dream property for her client Hideki Kobayashi -- only to learn that Miles is a suspect in a murder investigation. Russian businessman Alec Rodin was stabbed to death near Miles' office after a public confrontation between the two men. It doesn't help matters that Miles and Rodin's fiancée live in the same ritzy apartment building. Darby and Miles set out to find the killer. It seems that everyone connected to Central Park Place has something to hide. There's Natalia Kazakova, the victim's not-very-distraught fiancée and her billionaire father, Mikhail, who owns the penthouse suite where she lives. Members of Russia's shadowy security force, a desperate real estate agent, the reclusive old woman in Apartment 515 -- who can be trusted?" -- from publisher's web site.
"The fifth book in the Darby Farr mystery series"--P. 4 of cover.
9780738734293 (trade pbk.)
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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

- (Llewellyn Worldwide)

Author Biography

Vicki Doudera's debut mystery A House to Die For, was selected to the Best of 2010 list in Suspense Magazine. She is the author three nonfiction books on real estate and the Darby Farr Mystery Series, starring a crime-solving real estate agent. Doudera's articles have appeared in Parenting, People, Reader’s Digest, Yankee and Down East magazines.

Doudera has been profiled on WCSH-TV’s “207,” and her writing has been favorably reviewed in prominent mystery and book industry magazines, as well as in the Bangor Daily News, Times Record, Kennebec Journal, Lincoln County News and Midcoast Beacon. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America (MWA), is on the board of Sisters in Crime, New England, and blogs regularly for Maine Crime Writers (

Doudera lives with her family in Camden, Maine, where she enjoys spending time with her friends, kids and funny pets; hiking, cycling and knitting; and living in a beautiful, old house. Like her protagonist, Darby Farr, Doudera also sells real estate with a busy coastal firm. She is president of her local Habitat for Humanity chapter and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

- (Llewellyn Worldwide)

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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.


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