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How to Succeed in Murder
By Margaret Dumas

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How to Succeed in Murder
By Margaret Dumas
Read How You Want, (2009)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Poisoned Pen Press)
ISBN: 978-1458718020
Genre: Mystery

Also available: 20 point Super Large Print edition in 2 Volumes: Volume I and Volume II
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - December 3, 2009

Despite being unbelievably wealthy, Charley and her new husband, Jack, live in a house where their only piece of furniture is a bed. Which isn't really all that bad, after all, they've only been married for seven months and are still enraptured by their honeymoon and spend all the time they can in bed - learning about each other! Despite their preoccupation with each other, life still goes on - as does death. When Clara Chen is found dead in a gym sauna, Charley manages to pull herself out of bed and sets out to find out if Clara's death was an accident, or a murder as her fiancé and boss, Morgan Stokes, claims.

Charley's husband, Jack Fairfax is a man of mystery. She only knew him a few weeks before marrying him, and despite his claim that he was only a meteorologist in the Navy, Charley is a little more than convinced that he actually served in Naval Intelligence, along with his two buddies Mike Papas and Gordon, an ex-naval office turned gourmet chef and restauranteur. After leaving the Navy, Jack and Mike started a computer security company called aptly, MJC (the Mike and Jack Company). Stokes is the CEO of the software giant Zakdan, Inc. and he had called in Jack when he noticed a security issue with some of his new software. When Clara dies, Stokes tries to also hire MJC to investigate Clara's death. Officially, Jack refuses, but like his wife, he cannot leave a question unanswered and starts poke into the mystery surrounding Clara's death. Aiding Jack are his old pals Mike and Gordon. Not to be outdone, Charley enlists the aid of her own friends, Brenda, a professor of women's studies and Eileen, a financial genius and Charley's financial manager. Even Simon, the Artistic Director of the Rep, a theater company that Charley funds and manages, gets to help out.

Charley and Jack's investigations both soon come to the conclusion that Stokes was right and that Clara was indeed murdered. Initially each is running there own investigations, but their inquiries soon collide when more employees of Zakdan turn up dead. Wanting to get to the heart of the matter, Charley decides to go undercover at Zakdan, a task that will take all of her acting experience to come out alive. Jack is against Charley going undercover because he knows that she will be in real danger. However, they both know that if they are to solve the case, this is their only viable option, and Jack reluctantly lets Charley go undercover - after all, if he said no, she'd do it anyway.

This is the second Dumas novel to feature Charley and Jack. The first book in the series is called Speak Now, but you don't need to read it before embarking upon this madcap adventure. However, after reading How to Succeed in Murder you'll want to go back and read the first book in the series, if for nothing else than to discover how Charley and Jack met and fell in love.

Charley and Jack are an energetic and dynamic couple, and Dumas ably interweaves their burgeoning and very steamy relationship into this fast paced, thrilling, and often humorous chick-litish whodunit. This is a fast read that is perfect for curling up in your favorite chair on a cold's winter night, or taking to the beach for some light summer reading. No matter what time of year you read this book, it is sure to hit just the right spot!


How to Succeed in Murder is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats that range from 16-24 point fonts. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available to not only visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.


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